It’s not hard to see why people might be impressed by The American, it is a slow burner with plenty of tension, nice cinematography, the odd laugh and occasional outbursts of violence that feel particularly real and brutal.
After writing that sentence I feel I should have enjoyed the film more but my honest reaction is that it was a little dull. In order to build the tension a lot of time passes with very little happening, George Clooney builds a gun and has sex with a prostitute a few times, not to mention his trips down to the river. I didn’t really worry about Clooney’s character as he wasn’t particularly likable and I certainly wasn’t concerned with his budding romance considering the way his last had ended at the beginning of the film.
Anton Corbijn has done a lovely job directing what must have been a threadbare script, but the film lacked the vital bit of humanity needed for me to get any real enjoyment out of it. Everyone on twitter seemed to love it though so maybe you will too.
The American is on general release on 26th November 2010.