Monday, November 1, 2010

The American

Director: Anton Corbijn

Starring: George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Violante Placido, Irina Björklund, and Paolo Bonacelli

Don’t be fooled has George Clooney in the starring role but this is a rather somber arthouse, spy thriller. Ageing elite hit man Jack/Edward (George Clooney) is a man of few words gradually losing his edge. Once an efficient killing machine he is aware things are not what they seem. After an assignment in Sweden goes horribly wrong Jack wants out. One last job beckons. Hiding out in Castelvecchio, a small Italian town, he starts a romantic relationship with a prostitute, Clara (Violante Placido) but his enemies are closing in. Jack is ruthless but Clooney gradually endears the character to the audience despite what he does. This is a clever against–type casting which was most famously done by Sergio Leone, when he cast Henry Fonda as a villain in Once Upon a Time in the West. It almost comes off in The American. Finally the sobriety of this film is used to highlight the moments of suspense. Worth a watch.

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