‘American Assassin’ was directed by Michael Cuesta and tells the story of Mitch Rapp who, after losing his girlfriend, joins the fight with the CIA against terrorism and is trained by a former US navy SEAL, Stan Hurley.
What makes this film great is definitely not the story or the cinematography, it’s the acting.
The story is very much déjà-vu and cliché, the actions are very predictable, the end is predictable and the characters are stereotypical.
Furthermore, I was not impressed by the cinematography, by the production design or by the soundtrack. Everything was seen before in other great action films, the cinematic technique is typical of an action movie, there’s nothing new.
The only thing that made me appreciate this film is the performances of Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien. I think Dylan O’ Brien really outdone himself in his film, his performance is believable, he really gave depth to his character and I felt like his character had an actual objective that Dylan was able to deliver to the audience. Same thing goes for Michael Keaton, I love him as an actor so I am not shocked that his performance in this film is on point: his acting is very believable, he is not self-conscious, he really gave it a 100% and he was able to deliver us his intentions and feelings.
The characters are sort of stereotypical and not well-constructed but it’s the actors that made them come to live; they gave them objectives, a personality and made them unique.
To conclude, I think you can skip on that film, it’s not really a must-watch but it’s not a major flop at the same time: it’s very entertaining and dynamic so there’s no way on earth that you get bored.
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