The Amateur Reviews

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February 26, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

(1981) The Amateur

Based on a novel written by Robert Littell which starts out with a shocking beginning where some Chzech terrorists take control over a CIA office located in Germany for the purpose of an exchange of their lives for a release of one of their own, otherwise if their demands are not met within 1 hour then they will kill one hostage every 15 minutes. The higher ups think the terrorists are bluffing so they pick out a name at random out of a bunch of American passports and it happends to be this guys girlfriend, and she gets shot right on the head on front of tv stations and the German police authorities. The boyfriend who also happends to work for the CIA as well as a technition extracts revenge since the American gov't doesn't want to get involved about going for their capture. So decides to be a radical by becoming a vigilante by devising a plan to blackmail for the information for their whereabouts to do just that, but at the same time want to be professionally trained to do the job himself- hence the title "The Amateur" who is the star. Extremely dull thriller since the type casting is way off base but I manage to go through it by using the fast forward button on my remote control since if I were to sit through it- it would've bored me to hell. It is happens to be actionless using suspense instead which the fast forward button could handle as well. I agree with film critic Leonard Maltin review on the movie that the actors are type casted and so forth and that the acting is mediocre at best but it's worth watching if you want to see something that has never been done before.

2.5 out of 4 stars
March 2, 2009
Very good espionage film. Intelligent and has an honest feel throughout.
April 10, 2005
:fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: [font=Comic Sans MS][size=3]A petty cool revenge flick, with John Savage.[/size][/font]
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