No, this is not a hit and run action movie. You all should know Geroge Clooney petter than that!
Instead, its a dark dive into the sad, lonley and dangerous world of a professional spy, gunsmith and killer named Jack, who is becoming more and more disillusioned with his life, and after a close encounter with some professional killers gunning for him, and making a terrible decision in the process, he disappears to Rome and is given another assignment while he disappears from his pursuers.
Undoubtedly, his presence becomes known in the sleepy, picturesque town Castelvecchio in the Abruzzi mountains, the quiet non-descript "Americano" photographer and he forms a friendship with the local inquisitive Priest. But his superiors and partner are always around to remind him that a job needs to be done, which is to customize a rifle to be used in an Assainsation. Then there is also the constant and growing presence of Clara, a prostitute with whom he becomes romantically involved with. After another encounter with his pursuers, Jack decides to call it quits. But a man in his profession can't just simply walk away.
George Clooney plays the quiet, brooding hitman, and obviously he meant to carry the movie, which he does so superbly. The movie is dark, depressing and cold, which is a reflection of Jack's attitude and lifestyle, and not even sex and women can make him forget his tormented life.
We travel to a picturesque mountainside of Italy, a beautiful country place hidden away from the rest of the world, another reflection of the nature of the movie and Jack's character, a hidden persona behind a handsome and unassuming facade - twisted with a beautiful landscape hidden away by the rest of the world, a contrast of opposites.
As I said, its a dark thriller, an intelligent movie to which every motiff and scene and shot has a meaning to be discovered to make the story work and flow, from the birds eye view to the background music to the silence to the words spoken.
Make sure you defintley have a strong cup of coffee and are wide awake when watching this one, and not for the action junkies or other mindless cinema goers, its a thinking man's movie.