I love George Clooney, althoug I think he is overrated. Despite of Gravity, or Michael Clayton. 8 out of 10 movies he made do not meet my requirements. But forget it; "The American" does. I guess I have watched this 10 times. Still good, very good. Anton Corbijn got his share for sure. All characters are wonderfully performed; in every detail. Great movie.
Imagine Antonioni's "L'Avventura" without the suspense, the innovations, the tempo (or beautiful lack thereof), or, indeed, anything interesting, and you have this film. Clooney is a fair actor, but this is just void. I usually like films with a bit of space in them, but this is really just void and null. Avoid. Go for Corbijn's "Control" instead if you need his films.
Not groundbreaking but different in respect to Corbijn's style (still haven't seen "Control" yet) and Clooney's treatment of the assassin in a fashion more believable whilst still interesting, one that mutely exudes dread and alienation. The ending could've been done differently, which would've capped the film off better I think.
A gorgeous, melancholy riff on the aging, lonely hitman pulling one last job. Shades of Melville and Antonioni (and to some degree Leone) are obvious, but I think this one stands alone. The slow build makes the culmination of a relationship and the action that much more interesting. A great film, and one I wish I hadn't shied away from for so long. One of the most overlooked in recent years.
A fairly taut thriller that suffers from a bit too much symbolism (and the award for Best Supporting Actor goes to... The Butterfly!), a few pointless characters, and a weak ending. All the same, it's not a bad film, and you can see Corbijn's other profession shining through.
As Corbijn is primarily a stills photographer you can really see that he played the idyllic landscapes to his advantage in this, the shots built up such an atmosphere and created visual language without need for heavy based dialogue. I think it worked perfectly in portraying Clooney's character also. I'm excited to see what Anton's next feature will be!
Surprisingly engaging thriller-cum-man-seeking-redemption fable. Clooney is superb as the taciturn enigma who cannot (will not) allow himself to become emotionally involved with another person. Some well-worn clichés are used to maximum effect, managing to avoid pastiche. Taut script, assured direction, solid acting (my only criticism was some questionable cuts in the edit), one to recommend.
Um filme constituído por uma narrativa lenta, inquietante e observadora. Um filme com uma poderosa estética visual e verbal, que nos transporta para a mente de o nosso protagonista. George Clooney tem uma performance um pouco desviante dos seus pápeis mais conhecidos, mas com certeza um dos motivos que mais me agradou no filme.
Patient, calm and in touch with its landscape. Is this film a nod to Antonioni, a mourning for a cinema we don't see so much of anymore? Maybe. Thanks to the stunning cinematography, we share a same perverted gaze towards the long shots of the ghostly Swedish landscape as we have towards the scene where Violante Placido gets licked out. (y)
I loved this movie. Long wide quiet shots were haunting and georgeous. Scenes without music were loud with meaning. The main character is tired, gravely cautious, and is torn. He finds human connection via priest and prostitute but his past seeks him in the shadows of narrow brick paths of a small village.
A throwback to Melville and other European thrillers, handsomely shot, and anchored by a solid Clooney performance in which he dials back his charisma and charm. Would this film merit my affections 40 years ago, or is it remarkable only in how it stands out in a cinema landscape that suffers from a dearth of competently made, adult material?
A very welcome surprise. Judging by the trailer and TV spots I would have never watched this film (looked like a generic action-thriller), thankfully I caught it at the cinema. An ode to redemption. The spaghetti western heads back home with an American killer, directed by a dutch.