American Assassin (2017)
Critic Consensus: American Assassin hits a few easy targets, but without enough style or wit to truly bring its characters to life -- or stand out in a crowded field of more compelling spy thrillers.
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American Assassin is as generic an espionage thriller as you're likely to find.
Still, passive audiences seeking pure escapism will find the bare minimum of fast action and ass-kicking mandated by the movie's formula.
There's plenty of talk about American Sins in American Assassin, but none of it changes the fact that the bad guys want to do bad things and must be stopped, so there really isn't much point to all that chatter.
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Exciting and action-packed, American Assassin is a high-adrenaline spy thriller. After losing his fiancée in a terrorist attack Mitch Rapp infiltrates the terrorist's network to get revenge and is recruited by the CIA to be part of an elite black-ops unit. Dylan O'Brien is pretty solid as the lead and Michael Keaton is excellent as a CIA instructor who's haunted by a former student turned rogue terrorist (played by Taylor Kitsch). And the fight choreography and stunt work is really well-done. The plot however, is pretty formulaic and hits a lot of the usual spy tropes. Yet while American Assassin lacks originality, it's an entertaining and fun action film.
The film starts with a bang but slowly falls apart with a simple story that wasn't deserving of the talent. Michael Keaton was a smart choice for the mentor but the overall arc is tired, especially in a world with Bourne and Bond. The first 30 minutes are relentless and the best part of the movie, it's a shame that the pacing couldn't be held together from beginning to end. The villain is very weak and this simple storytelling hurts what should have been about foreign terrorists. There was a lot of potential here but gets lost in a hero who burns red at any time. 27-11-2017
American Assassin might be the most nothing movie of the year. I was sold on the trailer, I though Michael Keating looked great (and to be fair, he kinda was), but watching the movie itself, I felt completely blank. I can't even recommend American Assassin as background noise.
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