The American: Blu Ray Review
Released by Universal
George Clooney stars as Jack, an assassin, who's been ordered to lie
low in Italy after his cover in Sweden is blown, resulting in a bloodbath.
While there he befriends an elderly priest, falls for
a prostitute Clara (Violante Placido) and takes on one last job.
However, the demons of the past are catching up with
Deceptively shot and simply made, The
American is a thrilling ride.
With a restrained
performance from Clooney, it's hard to root for this assassin as we learn very
little about him - many shots are of him constructing a gun or merely going
about his day to day business while waiting for the storm to blow over.
Clooney's rarely been better than when he plays against type - and this is no
It's a good solid turn from Clooney
which sees you sucked into empathizing with him very early on - even if the
opening does shock you.
It's a gradually building,
well acted and restrained drama which has you in its vice like grip as the final
moments play out.
scenes, making of and commentary - nothing wildly exciting but solid nonetheless