Alone among assassins, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact that his next assignment will be his last.
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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?
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)
Amazing performance from GC, communicating intense anguish and paranoia with minimal dialogue. It's all in his eyes and his awkward, twitching body language. The plot has been done a million times before yet it grips throughout and has perhaps the best cinematography I've seen all year. If you're looking for a fast-paced conventional thriller look elsewhere. Reminded me of 'The Consequences of Love' and 'La Samourai'
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.