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Plot Summary:
Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, assassin Jack embarks on a double life that may be more relaxing than is good for him.
Anton Corbijn
Top Cast
George Clooney as Jack / Edward

Violante Placido as Clara

Thekla Reuten as Mathilde

Johan Leysen as Pavel

The American 2010 720p.BluRay

749.14 MB
English 2.0

23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
Seeds 11.

The American 2010 1080p.BluRay

1.45 GB
English 2.0

23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
Seeds 44.

The American review

Reviewed by TheMovieDiorama

6 / 10

The American substitutes outlandish action for a vacuous yet restrained dramatic thriller.
It was only a matter of time before I watched this. A film hated by audiences for its misrepresenting marketing and rarely discussed amongst cinephiles due to its style over substance. The plot is vacuous no question, and struggles to fill up its runtime. However, as a character study, I believe Corbijn’s minimalistic approach to be incredibly nuanced and tasteful. A contract killer on the run is temporarily residing in the Italian countryside where he has one final task to pull off for a client, to which he meets a woman he is romantically interested in.

The editing for the film cleverly lures viewers in, with one of two short shootouts being shown right at the start. This immediately sets a precedent for action, or perhaps stylish spy shenanigans. Once Clooney’s silent but deadly protagonist finds his way stuck in the beautiful town of Castelvecchio, Corbijn slows the pace down to a grinding halt. Every action, destination or conversation is shown through Ruhe’s gorgeous minimalistic cinematography. Ten minutes can be spent just following Clooney down a street, edited only to change camera positions. For some, this will be a major deterrent that will force many to turn off before reaching the halfway mark.

However, upon reflection, Corbijn’s deliberate slow pace makes sense. He attempts to thematically convey the loneliness of this contract killer, inevitably disposing of those who grow attached to him. One could argue that mainstream spy flicks like ‘Casino Royale’ convey this through spectacular extravaganza, yet The American opts for an arthouse approach. Does it achieve the same results? In a way, yes. The biggest problem with this film is the lack of plot. It becomes overbearing at times that nothing is actually happening and is unable to evoke any characterisation or engrossing dialogue, but still remains intriguing thanks to the rural scenery and Clooney’s nuanced performance.

It’s peculiar, and a film that has lingered on my mind for some time now. It’s unfortunately too empty to be a flawed masterpiece, leading me to look at my watch on various occasions, but certainly doesn’t deserve the resentment that it has received. Technically meticulous yet unable to escape the all too common “style over substance” trait.Read More