The American, starring the oh-so handsome George Clooney, will open in theaters Wednesday, September 1, in limited release.
The American Synopsis:
As an assassin, Jack is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde. Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara. Jack and Clara’s time together evolves into a romance, one seemingly free of danger. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.
The American stars George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Violante Placido, Irina Bjorklund and directed by Anton Corbijn.
Critics gave The American average ratings. It seems the consensus is that George Clooney saves the movie from being a complete failure.
“What redeems the movie, and then some, is the soulful weariness of Clooney’s performance.” -Sam Adams, Salon.com
“Here is a gripping film with the focus of a Japanese drama, an impenetrable character to equal Alain Delon’s in Le Samourai, by Jean-Pierre Melville.” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“With Clooney it’s an interesting project. Without him, it would simply be boring.” -Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
“Clooney plays the enigmatic title character with mature confidence.” -Claudia Puig, USA Today
Check out the trailer for The American below.
The American is rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity.