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American Assassin

Opening Date
18 Oct 2017
NC16 Violence and Coarse Language
112 mins
English - subtitles to be advised
Action, Thriller
Michael Cuesta
Dylan O’Brien, Scott Adkins, Taylor Kitsch, Michael Keaton
AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).  The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa 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.
By Razi  23 Oct 2017
This reviewer survived to tell the story, so you wouldn’t have to.
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In what must be the most unimaginative action movie title of the year, allow me to introduce Michael Keaton who went from Beetlejuice, Batman, Birdman to B Grade before you can say “nucular bomb”. And then there’s everyone else you’ve probably never heard of. They look great on screen though.
[Disclaimer: Spoilers to follow. For your own good.]
Based on the Mitch Rapp series of novels authored by the late Vince Flynn, we have Hollywood making yet another political thriller. The story is centred around a raging victim of a brutal terror attack; one he vows to vindicate. Add in obligatory CIA handler, training sequence, “totally saw that coming the moment they introduced this person” twists, the inevitable good vs evil faceoff, the “we blew our budget on this” CGI climax, and the cheeky “there might another 7 sequels here if we make enough money” nod at the end. Now be reminded of your ticket price.
[Post-Disclaimer: End of totally justified spoilers.]
There’s nothing wrong with a brainless thriller that keeps you entertained for nearly two hours. Unfortunately, American Assassin is not that movie. It deserved to be assassinated after the first 10 minutes.
This reviewer survived to tell the story, so you wouldn’t have to.
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