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American Assassin: Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Oct 24, 2017 - 2:00:58 PM

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A recruit for a government intelligence agency is enlisted by the agency’s deputy director with his mentor to investigate a wave of attacks on military and civilian targets. When the three decipher a pattern in the violence they must team with a local agent in a foreign country to stop an enigmatic operative bent on inciting a new world war.

Mitch Rapp is seeking vengeance for the death of his girlfriend due to a terror attack and becomes a new recruit for a black ops unit in the C.I.A. with the codename Orion. Irene Kennedy is Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency who has offered Mitch a chance to work for the Orion unit. Stan Hurley is a former United States Navy Seal who is the head of the Orion unit and responsible for training Mitch into a viable operative. Ghost is a terrorist planning on starting a world war in the Middle East, who may be a former Orion operative thought to have died while on a mission gone bad.

American Assassin is an action thriller hellbent on being as violent as possible with a lack of likable characters. The problem with this movie is that the people you should be on the side of are the people you really don’t want to be around and the villains are not as compelling as the the people who are after them. The cast give performances that are uneven in tone which makes you feel like different actors and actresses thought they were in different kinds of movies. Michael Cuesta does not disappoint on the brutal action that this type of film requires on the modern theatrical landscape but fails on the dramatic arc of the characters which makes the whole endeavor feel hollow. I have not read the novel by Vince Flynn that this movie is based on, but the hero as depicted in the motion picture is not worth following. This movie is a good looking production that is incredibly shallow as it tries to be a Jack Ryan story for the 21st century. I rate this movie a rating of 2 out of 5.

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American Assassin http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1961175/?ref_=nv_sr_4

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