The American stars Geroge Clooney as “jack” and is directed by Anton Corbijn. Many may not recognize Anton’s name and that is because he has little history as a director. It seems he has done some work in the music industry with the likes of Metallica and U2. The movie is also based on a novel by Martin Booth called “A very Private Gentleman”.
The story takes us along with “Jack”, an assasin who has a job go horribly wrong in Sweden and we quickly learn why he is considered much of a loner. He then travels to a small town in Italy where he is commissioned to construct a special weapon for a female contact. Naturally things get worse and growing tired of running and unable to forge relationships, tells his boss that this will be his last job. This is not for a lack of effort as Jack tries to form a relationship with a priest and a few woman in the small town. Problem is he can’t seem to trust anyone, and with the heat right around the corner, it becomes a matter of whether he will survive.
This movie is terribly on the slow side. Only a couple of minutes in and the audience is laughing to let loose the tension from still shots that lasted a good twenty seconds each. To our delight this pretty much continues through the next hour and a half that most agreed, we would like to have back. The story simply was not complex enough to be fit for a cinema screen. There was plenty of texting, yawning and checking of watches throughout this ordeal. To make matters worse, Jack was being tracked down by some enemies, some very lame enemies. At one point, Jack is followed and shot at by a man who had been tailing him. As soon as Jack retaliated, this undercover assassin fled like there was a bug in his food. Way to run away like a scaredy cat. The mysterious tone this movie tried to set simply did not sit well.
On one positive note, I would suggest and perhaps hope to see some sort of action movie from Anton. Where and when the movie did grab our attention, were scenes involving Jack’s task. That task was to build a special gun that could fit inside of a briefcase. The scenes involving this gun were when this movie popped. There was certain mystique and confidence when Jack would handle this weapon. The movie would seem to move faster and the audience would become more involved. We seemed to see a more complex side of certain characters when this gun was involved. It would have been a good idea to build on these scenes and perhaps takes us a little further, but to no avail.
Unfortunately not all movies can be winners, but I’m sure the ladies will get a kick out of seeing Clooney’s naked butt for a few minutes. That’s if they can stay awake long enough to see it. Simply put, there just seems to be a lot of filler in order to make this movie long enough to pass for a full length feature. I don’t suggest paying a theatre amount to see this but if you must, i suppose you’re allowed to rent it down the road. Not one of Clooney’s best but we’ll give him a pass because he’s George Clooney.