I like George Clooney, so I’m usually willing to give his movies a chance. I’ve seen many of them and have enjoyed most of them. I decided that I wanted to see The American, mostly because Clooney is in it.
I did enjoy the movie and think it works as a thriller, it is different from what I expected based on the trailers. Once again, the trailers for the movie made it seem like a completely different movie. Even though it was different from what I expected, I still enjoyed it and think it is a well done movie worth seeing. It probably won’t appeal to some people though, especially people expecting a movie with more action.
Things progress slowly through most of the movie. That allows some tension to build, and while it works, some won’t like the slower approach. There is a bit of action in some scenes, but the movie is far from action packed, something else that could disappoint some viewers. The plot is fairly simple, but it is interesting and entertaining. George Clooney ends up with the most to do since his character is in almost every scene. This is one of his better performances. The other cast members do well with their parts too.
The American is based on a book called A Very Private Gentleman. I haven't read the book, so I have no clue what has been changed for the movie.
Overall, I really enjoyed The American and think it is worth seeing, especially for George Clooney fans. People just need to be prepared for the fact that isn’t an action packed movie.
I did get a review posted on Epinions after seeing the movie in the theater.