American Assassin

American Assassin

DVD - 2017
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After the death of his girlfriend at the hands of Islamic terrorists, Mitch Rapp is drawn into the world of counterterrorism, mentored by tough-as-nails former U.S. Navy SEAL Stan Hurley.

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misatim
Aug 10, 2018

it's ok, casting could have been better.

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tj_is_cool
Jun 29, 2018

Surprisingly entertaining but the torture scenes are too graphic.

LoganLib_Aavishka May 12, 2018

American Assassin was an okay movie, it had actors who played their roles brilliantly. However, the storyline and plot of the movie bought my opinion of the movie down as it was quite dull and predictable and not a thrilling as I expected it to be. The movie was bought somewhat to life well though through the actors who really bought their characters to life, especially Dylan O'Brien and Keaton.

This film is a monstrous frat boy fantasy. A young dude Brown graduate student and his beautiful bride-to-be are gunned down on a resort beach (probably based on the 2015 ISIS massacre in Tunisia). He then dedicates himself to a life of revenge, training in mixed martial arts, and trolling jihadist online chat rooms. Somehow, despite his cyber sophistication, he forgets to put a piece of painter's tape over his laptop camera (don't we all know to do that by now?) and the CIA is spying on him. The CIA recruits him, puts him through a quick assassin's school taught by Michael Keaton, and then sends him on the hunt for some stolen plutonium. That's where he encounters a rogue agent, played by Taylor Kitsch, with whom he battles mano a mano. All in all from what we know of Syria, the CIA spends more time training jihadists than assassins of jihadists. Furthermore, someone who dedicated his life to killing Salafi would not immediately change his focus to battling Shiite Iran. He would be more likely to go to work for Iran.

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lisaejones
Apr 19, 2018

Great action movie, so if you're looking for something else, don't bother. The story was typical and predictable, however, the fresh faces and the action help you get past the ordinary story line.

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danomcd
Apr 17, 2018

I liked this movie but found that the character that Micheal Keaton played was basically the same one as his character in Spiderman Home Coming (without the flying suit). A little more of the back story on Ghost and development of the broken bond between him and his mentor would have been good too.

I haven't read the book(s) this movie is base on but as a movie itself it's not very good. The opening is gripping. The action scenes are generally well done. The stuff in between drags - mostly because star Dylan O'Brien is not very compelling, interesting, or even a sympathetic character. Michael Keaton, however, is fine but mostly wasted here. The movie's climax is ridiculous. If you want to watch a great movie (or series of them) involving an American assassin, watch the Bourne movies. They're great. This one is not.

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mr_chocolate
Mar 29, 2018

I liked this film and even though Michael Keaton was the same actor as he always is, it fit him well. I liked the chemistry or film appeal of Dylan O'Brien and other supporting actors.
Special Features had a 25 minute conversation with the director Michael Cuesta, Dylan O'Brien and Ghost, played by Taylor Kitsch (born in Kelowna, B.C. and was in 2012's John Carter and Battleship).

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kcls6006
Mar 24, 2018

In my opinion, it was a terrible movie, total waste of my time to watch. It falls into a category of shoot them, bang them up with a goofy plot.

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llenar52
Mar 23, 2018

This was a very good action, thriller movie. It was fast-paced and I loved the story and actors.
Dylan O'Brien was in the Maze Runner. He is playing a more mature adult role in which I thought he did very well. Sanaa Lathan did a beautiful job as the head of the CIA. Well, Michael Keaton, I felt was in fantastic shape to play his role. Taylor Kitsch plays the bad guy, but it all came together in a good action movie. I would recommend this movie.

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reginator_22
Feb 14, 2018

Violence: Gun violence

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reginator_22
Feb 13, 2018

Violence: Violence and blood.

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reginator_22
Feb 08, 2018

Mitch Rapp: We are in beautiful Ibiza, Spain. Beautiful sand, beautiful waves. My favourite shorts and my favourite girl who is about to get... oh my God!

Katrina: Hey! Come on, give it to me!

Mitch Rapp: No, stop! Come on, come on...

Katrina: I'm serious.

Mitch Rapp: Oh, oh my God. That is so cute.

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jimg2000
Jan 14, 2018

As far as he's concerned, you're sending him a Section 8 with an ax to grind.
-What happened to that kid on the beach, it changed him. You can't train that into someone. His psych profile is exactly what I've been looking for.
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You saw those tests.
-Yeah, I saw them.
He's off the charts.
-I've seen off the charts before.
And he's got none of the bad habits he'd have to unlearn if -he had military training.
-Unlearn?
Come on, Stan. You drop one of your Navy SEALs in an urban setting, you can spot the boot camp on them a mile away.
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Ronnie, Ronnie, Ronnie. There's your first mistake. You never start with a real question. You start slow. You get inside your subject's head.
-Stan, I'm gonna ask you one more time.
There's your second mistake. Number two. You don't say, "one more time." You already...

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jimg2000
Jan 14, 2018

The book has a much more compelling life changing event for Rapp than the beach scene, From near the start of Chapter 1:

Or that the only way he could cope with the pain of losing the love of his life was to plot his revenge. That every single night before he went to sleep he thought of the network of faceless men who had plotted to bring down Pan Am Flight 103, that he saw himself on this very journey, headed to a remote place not dissimilar from the woods he now found himself in. It was all logical to him. Enemies needed to be killed, and Rapp was more than willing to become the person who would do that killing. He knew what was about to happen. He was to be trained, honed and forged into an ultimate precision weapon, and then he would begin to hunt them down. Every last one of the faceless men who had conspired to kill all those innocent civilians on that cold December night.

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