American Assassin

American Assassin

American Assassin

Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton and Sanaa Lathan must prevent a World War in this action thriller from the director of Kill the Messenger.

Follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

2017Rating: MA15+, Strong violence111 minsUSA
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American Assassin / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

Considering how generic this slice of vaguely xenophobic counter-terror wish-fulfillment is, it comes as a surprise how bloody American Assassin turns out to be. From the get-go, the film’s violence is frequently shocking (well, R16-level shocking, not the fully traumatising kind). Quickly squandering any emotional investment in its lead, American Assassin dares you to care as its rote plot follows a good-looking US government-endorsed psycho (Dylan O’Brien) as he’s taken under the wing of a grizzled, experienced, US government-endorsed psycho (Michael Keaton) to take down a different good-looking non-US-government-endorsed psycho (Taylor Kitsch) who’s working with a bunch of not-quite-so-awesome psychos (various).

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Variety

Variety

"American Assassin" is so close-mouthed and macho that it blends in with Bourne, Bond and "Taken's" Brian Mills. Rapp can blast his way through Turkey - but this sullen, swollen hero can't elbow those box office heavyweights to make room.

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Total Film

Total Film

Cuesta injects vitality where it's needed.

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Time Out

Time Out

Mitch seems not just hot-headed but borderline racist, and neither trait is addressed in a satisfying way.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Decent fun, in the leathery, businesslike, self-satisfied manner of this kind of movie, which soothes the hurt places in the male ego with sentiment strategically disguised as toughness.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The attempt to rebrand counterterrorism manoeuvres as a heady extension of The Hunger Games falls somewhere between dimwitted and deeply cynical.

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Stuff

Stuff

It is an efficient, occasionally spectacular and mostly not-too-insulting Friday night popcorn flogger...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It demonstrates that even Jason Bourne lite is better than no Bourne at all, if you're in the mood.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Built for action, like its title character, the movie packs a muscular, bloody punch, but mainly it's a well-oiled diversion.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

There are 15 more Mitch Rapp books, but a sequel feels unlikely.

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