Victoria Jelinek

The American

An assassin (George Clooney) hides out in Italy for one last assignment. While there, he forms a friendship with a local priest and has an affair with a beauty who also happens to be a prostitute.

Acclaimed-photographer-turned-film director Anton Corbijn’s second feature tries to be existential. The questions the film attempts to ask are: is it safe to feel? Can love redeem a life full of regret? Has it been worth it? Like Corbijn’s debut film about Ian Curtis of Joy Division (Control) it’s also about a lost soul. While these themes are suggested primarily in the priests dialogue,  it seems forced when these themes are only supported by moody looks from George and his physical isolation. The slow, meditative manner in which the film is shot is appreciated in the face of most modern films being frenetic, but this pace, combined with the aforementioned lack of a compelling story and script, leaves one thinking that to see it on DVD, or better yet on television, would be a better choice than spending the money for a cinema ticket.

What can be said of this film is that it has beautiful scenery.

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makes me want to see this film

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