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The American

A movie directed by Anton Corbijn

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The American Is Very Slow Paced

  • Mar 12, 2011
If you like slow moving and slow paced movies then according to my wife and I you will love this movie. We usually love George Clooney movies and when we first saw the previews it looked exciting, and the fact that my wife has actually been to Italy and taken a lot of pictures Italy is really beautiful. The previews did not dispute this fact. This movie is very slow moving and George is a man of little words in the show. I am used to seeing him run the show just like he did in all of his Oceans Movies. But, with the slow pace that this  movie is at try and not fall asleep during the show. You can probably purchase this on DVD but I would wait until it comes out on cable and save my money. This movie came out in September of 2010, and lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes, this is rated "R" because of the violence and sexual innuendos that is portrayed in this movie.

Because the script is so slow it will knock George down a few notches in his acting roll. The chemistry is there with the supporting cast such as the very beautiful Violante Placido who (plays Clara) a prostitute, in which George Clooney (plays Jack an Assassin) who falls head over in heels in love with her. He has to kill a sniper and his first lover Ingrid (played by Irina Bjorklund), his employer knows that Jack wants out of the business and tells Jack just one more job. So, this is when he runs through the streets of Italy and some of the scenes are very hard to believe, such as when Jack is on a scooter and is chasing a small car and actually catches the car. It is scenes like that, that appear to make this movie hard to believe.

The scenery in this movie is beautiful and is accurate all the way through the cobblestone houses and roads that they show you, the people that Jack works for just won't let him go. He has to make sure that he never makes any friends, but when he comes across Clara, this is when he falls in love with her and wants her to run away with him.

For some reason George Clooney can't pull a rabbit out of his hat with this one, it is very slow and even though he tries and the chemistry between the cast is there the script lacks a lot of action that you would expect in a spy and assassin movie. There is a lot of spurts of the start of some action scenes but nothing ever finishes or plays out. While you are watching this movie you keep waiting something exciting to happen but it never transpires and just when you think the movie never delivers and falls short of on everything that you expect out of a spy thriller.

Even though this is Directed by Anton Corbin and written by Rowan Joffe, this does not come through like the writer that wrote the book Martin Booth came through in his book. I have to admit that I was disappointed in this movie and George Clooney for even taking this roll. This in my book needs a lot to be desired. Just because an actor that is nominated for an Oscar does not make the movie good. I can give the acting 1.5 stars and 4 stars for the scenery in Italy because it is really beautiful. Save your money and if you still want to see this slow paced movie wait for it to come out on cable.  


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
The American Is Very Slow Paced

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March 12, 2011
yeah, this was wrongfully promoted as an action movie in the States. Like your review and I do like this movie though. Thanks!
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Quick Tip by . January 19, 2011
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review by . September 22, 2010
I enjoyed The American, but this movie may not be for all Americans.  It was SLOW, yet thoughtful.  Lovely scenery. Clooney shone, even through his geezer inspired wardrobe.  A gritty flourescent-lit side of Italy.  Not quite the postcard-Italy of Eat, Pray, Love.
Quick Tip by . December 28, 2010
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TOO slow, TOO boring & TOO long!!! If not for George Clooney, it's a total waste of time as far as I'm concerned! Why would anyone wants to know a killer's mental state of mind (as far as entertainment value is concerned) is beyond me :-) Even though I managed to fast forward the entire movie on DVD, it's still boring!
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The American is a 2010 American thriller film directed by Anton Corbijn and starring George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Violante Placido, Irina Björklund, and Paolo Bonacelli. It is an adaptation of the 1990 novel A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth. The film opened on September 1, 2010. A trailer for the film was released on May 3, 2010.


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Genre: Crime, Drama
Release Date: 1 September 2010 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Rowan Joffe, Martin Booth
Runtime: 105 min
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