Sunday, September 12, 2010


You know, I really admire George Clooney. The American marks the second time he was able to convince a studio to give him and his buddy a bunch of money to galavant around Europe, film some stuff and throw together a movie.

That said, The American was a whole lot better than his last attempt at this trick (ahem, Oceans 12). It was a decent enough movie, but tried a little too hard for the quiet suspense of European dramas. Did really well at times, but I was a little disappointed they went down the "hooker with a heart of gold" path while Clooney's character finally started learning how to love. I thought it would have been so much better had he just been a ruthless killer on that one last job. Unfortunately, they probably had to have some sort of likable female character to get the financing.

But the camera work, pacing and cinematography were all great, and George Clooney playing George Clooney is usually pretty entertaining.

Just don't expect a high-octane, shoot-em-up style thriller because you'll leave disappointed, just like Casey. He claims he was fooled by the trailer and was pissed there were no explosions.

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