The American Review

Don't let the trailer for director Anton Corbijn's The American mislead you with its very conventional take on selling the movie.

George Clooney's brooding and tense assassin thriller only uses the conventional as a clothesline by which it can hang an engaging and morally complicated story on, a story driven more by character and performance then overdone editing and telegraphed emotional beats รข€“ two things that more often than not pass for filmmaking nowadays.

The world Clooney's gradually unraveling assassin occupies isn't cool or stylized; it's a place where every bullet counts, where targets are efficiently taken out as not to draw too much attention to those who make it their profession to kill.

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