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Directed by: Anton Corbijn

Produced: 2010

Countries & Regions: United States

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Certificate: 15

Studio: UCA

Length: 105 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 1 October 2012

Cat No: 8280776

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Languages(s): English
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The American

Cast: George Clooney , Johan Leysen , Thekla Reuten , Paolo Bonacelli , Irina Bjorklund , Violante Placido , Lars Hjelm , Giorgio Gobbi , Silvana Bosi , Guido Palliggiano , Samuel Vauramo , Antonio Rampino

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Thriller starring George Clooney as Jack, an American master assassin working in Europe. When a job in Sweden ends messily, Jack flees to the Italian countryside and vows that his next assignment will be his last. But this simple decision becomes complicated when his new client, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten), appears to have sinister ulterior motives. Meanwhile, Jack pursues an ambiguous relationship with local prostitute Clara (Violante Placido) and is befriended by elderly priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli), who encourages him to put his past behind him and seek absolution. But which of these new acquaintances, if any, can Jack truly trust?

From the poster to the snazzy European locations to the Hollywood star, The American harks back to the passport-waving breed of thrillers made in the 1970s like The Day of the Jackal.

Adapted from a novel by Martin Booth, George Clooney plays the dead-eyed assassin holing up in a hilltop Italian town for the inevitable final job. During his stay he makes friends with the local padre and starts an affair with an implausibly gorgeous prostitute. Naturally his bloody past follows him.

Anton Corbijn’s second feature – after the striking Joy Division biopic Control – sloshes on the gorgeous postcard visuals as it muzzles Clooney’s legendary charm. The effect being that a merest hint of a smile convinces you that anything is possible for this seemingly marked man.

Compared to, say, the relentless pace of the Bourne films there’s power here similar to the repose found in In Bruges. Cascading in tension The American crackles like a thunderstorm by the finale suggesting that there’s still room for a great thriller that takes time to think before it pulls the trigger.

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