Thursday, December 30, 2010

The American - DVD Poster

ll 1/2

Starring George Clooney, Paolo Bonacelli, Violante Placido and Irina Bjorklund.
Directed by Anton Corbijn.

Very, very watchable, but ultimately doesn't add up to much.

George Clooney is a gruff American assassin who has his life threatened in Sweden. He flees to Italy to hide out while the heat dies down, but his contact gives him one last assignment. All of this is conveying minimally. Not much dialogue, very little explained. We're outsiders watching events unfold.

This has all the feel of a foreign film that just happens to mostly be in English and with George Clooney as its star. Clooney is subdued, measured, careful, focussed. But the movie is a Keyser Soze. It ends, and then *poof*, it's gone. I can see many people really digging this, and I can see many others exclaiming, "Well, that was a waste of time!"

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