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Don't waste your time and money on this boring, shallow, lifeless attempt at artistic film making. Some of the directing was interesting, but the script was pathetic, the plot was non-existent, and the pace was sooooo slow that my wife actually fell asleep about one third of the way through the film. I found I didn't really care about any of the characters and it didn't matter that many of the critical questions within the plot were left unanswered at the conclusion of the film. This is supposed to be a thriller but it is devoid of thrills unless you call watching Clooney having sex with a hooker a thrill. This film disappointed on all fronts and has no redeeming qualities.
Dull, boring, could not wait for it to be over. You might as well flush your hard earned dollars down the toilet! Non-plot, non-dialoque, non-action. . . the kind of movie you make in an afternoon in your garage. It's an hour and a half of your life you will never get back. George needs to see a good action movie he made a few years ago. . ."The Peacekeeper".
This is the first movie in a long time that drove patrons out of the theater within fifteen minutes of the movie's start.
The only redeeming factors I could find were the beautiful scenes of Italy and the lovely actresses.
If you want good substantive dialogue (any dialogue for that matter) or an intriguing plot you won't get it with this movie. Instead of paying to see this movie with your hard earned dollars, I would suggest two aspirin and a quick nap instead. Your dreams would have to be better no matter what subject made up their content.
Boaring! not an exciting spy movie. Just a slow pointless introspection of an aging spy/arms dealer (it never explains exactly what it is).
He's an assassin - - Get it? And he's tired, he wants out, and I think Clooney did a great job in portraying the American. The scenes were beautiful, the tunnel ride long and dark, as his life must be, a priest, a beautiful woman,' the low to no music in many of the scenes', leaves an aura of fatigue and 'wanting out'.
I liked it, and I understood his job, but some people just didn't get it!
This movie is pure self indulgence on the part of Mr. Clooney. This was not made with his female fans in mind. It was a very boring movie including the poor sex scenes(no excitement at all). When the movie ended, someone in the audience yelled "what a rip off!" and the whole theater broke out laughing. Most comments were about how boring the whole thing was.
This film is not what you would expect and therefore worth seeing.
This is an "art" film with a twist, it is suspensful and the tension is created very well by Clooney. I was very impressed with Clooney's performance and while he may not get an Oscar nomination, it was one of the performances I have ever seen him give.
The film is beautifly photographed and if you have traveled much in Europe especialy in France or Italy, you will be drawn into this uniqely European backdrop.
If you want unplausible, over the top violence then this is not the film for you. If you want a study of a complicated human who "wants out" from under a horrible past, this film is a must see.
Ironic that a movie so European in feel should be called The American. Unlike most American films that would treat this story as a reason for massive gunfights and chases, Anton Corbjin's film takes it more cerebral, which gives us an interesting perspective into this character as portrayed by George Clooney, an actor who keeps proving that he can transcend his movie star status.
Clooney plays Jack, an assassin hiding out in the Italian mountains. He is charged by a female assassin with making a weapon for her. He also spends his time with a prostitute and a priest. You can smell cliched redemption story here, but that's not what Clooney and Corbjin are going for. This is a existential character study. Clooney's Jack is a man alone. Long stretches of the film have him meticulously working on the weapon, exercising in a barren apartment, observing.
And this is what the movie is. Clooney is observing, but we are observing him, and he's gotten to a point in his career where his face can transmit emotions that he doesn't need words for. This movie is not for everyone. It's slow (at times, too slow), but for people like me who grew up watching these kinds of films, it's a nice throwback.
Its a love story. Some will look at that and laugh others will scoff but it is in its most basic sense. He wanted out, as do all hit men that have movies made about them, and there is always a love interest. I think it was one of Clooney's best works and I gotta say the chicks were pretty hot. Overall it was a good movie, good date movie. A keeper.
Old tired story, slow long shots of car travelling a desolate landscape on a one lane road, close-ups of George sitting at tables in cafes & apt with a cliche ending. Yawn...
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