- Movie Name: American Assassin
- Director: Michael Cuesta
- Producer: Lorenzo Di Bonaventura
- Writer: Stephen Schiff, Marshall Herskovitz, Vince Flynn
- Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch, Scott Adkins, Shiva Negar, David Suchet, Navid Negahban, Charlotte Vega, Chris Webster.
- Music: Steven Price
- Release Date: 15th September 2017
- Country: United States
- Genres: Action, Thriller
- Movie Duration: 1 Hours 54 minutes
- Rating: 2.5/5 stars
MOVIE ALL ABOUT:
American Assassin is an action thriller film which is based on Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the same name. The novel is one of the best booksellers of New York Times. In the movie, when Cold War veteran Stan Hurley takes CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp who is recovering from a terrorist attack.
They received an assignment to investigate a wave of random attacks on both civilian and military targets. Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world, but the tragedy struck. Hurley and Rapp join forces with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative one who wants to start a global war.
JONATHAN PILE (EMPIRE)
It should be apparent by this point, that American Assassin is beyond ludicrous — the type of film where a gunfight in a hotel room that spills out into the corridors yet somehow fails to be noticed by any of the other guests. What’s unclear is whether everyone involved is in on the joke.
The film never settles on a tone, the enjoyable loopiness of the plot punctuated by graphic violence — fingernails are pulled off, knives are driven through throats — that gives the distinct impression that, actually, we are supposed to be taking this seriously.
NEIL SOANS (TIMES OF INDIA)
‘American Assassin’ is guilty of laying down the foundation for yet another potential franchise from start to finish.Then again, what the movie lacks in originality, it makes up in breathtaking action that is often brutal. It’s the film’s saving grace because of how it springs up on you unexpectedly.
Some of this is hidden under clunky editing but there are ample sequences that go by without letting you off the hook. Additionally, the cast is reasonably invested in their performances which certainly doesn’t hurt.You’d probably suffer from a serious case of deja vu through it, but if you need a fix of nail-biting action, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
PETER TRAVERS (ROLLING STONE)
There are film snobs who like to feel superior to meat-and-potatoes action thrillers, favouring only art films meant to be deconstructed over high tea. They can screw off. Even when logic goes up in flames, the film speeds ahead like a heat-seeking missile.
Cuesta has learned a lot about large-scale, spy-game choreography from his directing stint on Homeland. Gorgeously shot by Enrique Chediak, American Assassin may be too slick for its own good, but O’Brien cuts deep enough to make you root for a Rapp franchise. That’s saying something.
SOREN ANDERSEN (THE SEATTLE TIMES)
With Jason Bourne on indefinite hiatus and James Bond somewhere off in the distance waiting to reappear, the time is ripe for someone to step into their super spy/assassin shoes. The makers of “American Assassin” clearly hope that person will be Mitch Rapp, star of a series of best-selling espionage thrillers originated by the late novelist Vince Flynn.
Director Michael Cuesta and a platoon of credited screenwriters have dutifully checked all the usual spy-thriller boxes but bring nothing new to the party. The picture is tautly paced and a satisfying ride as such things go, but there isn’t a smidgen of originality in it.
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