The American

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Beginning with a bang--or, more accurately, several bangs, of both the firearm and sexual varieties--The American starts off as the film it's being advertised as: an action thriller starring George Clooney. But then something interesting happens: Director Anton Corbijn (Control) slams on the brakes, revealing The American to actually be a patient, even poetic character study, less an action thriller than a film that just so happens to be about someone who occasionally gets some action and has some thrills. It's a film that recognizes and appreciates silence, that's confident enough to take its time and build its tone, that's more interested in the reasons why someone would pull a trigger than in the act of them doing so. by Erik Henriksen
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Director
Anton Corbijn
Cast
George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten