Director: Anton Corbijn
Cast: George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli
Genre: Thriller
Rating: R
Runtime: 1h 45m
Rotten Tomatoes: 66% (Critics), 39% (Audience)

Going back to the style of pre-Bourne spy thrillers, tense standoffs, stealth, and clue solving make The American the kind of classic cloak and dagger film any genre fan can fall in love with. Jack (George Clooney) is a cold-blooded killer. After disposing of multiple gunmen and a lover who could attest to his crimes, he heads for a little village in the Italian mountains. Determined to live quietly until the heat dies down, Jack’s conscious continues to haunt him for his lover’s murder. Seeking a distraction, Jack takes up with a prostitute named Clara (Violante Placido). Falling too much into the role of simple lovestruck tourist and allowing his feelings to lure him off his guard, the consequences of being human soon catch up. Thought and internal struggle over action may be a foreign concept to contemporary spy movies, but after watching The American you’re sure to wish it wasn’t.

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