Thanks to Roadshow Films for the chance to see ‘American Assassin’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
American Assassin stars Michel Keaton and Dylan O’Brian and is based on the novel by the same name. After Mitch Rapp (O’Brian) sees his girlfriend brutally murdered on a beach in Spain, he goes on a solo mission to hunt down the terrorists responsible. Meanwhile, he is tracked by the CIA and is recruited as a member of the U.S Special Forces under the guidance of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton).
More known by a younger audience for his roles in Teen Wolf and The Maze Runner Series this film marks O’Brian’s transition into mainstream adult films. His casting in the role of Mitch Rapp is perfect, as he balances the humour, physical ability and strong intensity needed for the role. Keaton, whose career has seen a re-boot after the success of Birdman (2014) brings his usual unhinged and original characterization of the role of Hurley.
The film has realistic hand to hand combat scenes, stunning visuals and some fantastic action scenes, especially in the final climatic moments. Overall, the film feels like a less sophisticated Jason Bourne, as it uses the same recycled action plots.
Like many other action films, American Assassin’s downfall is its villain. The films villain is played by Taylor Kitsch, a ‘rouge’ CIA agent whose melodramatic vendetta against Stan Hurley (Keaton) is the cause of the main conflict in the film. The film would be far more interesting if it focused on terrorism and the current issues in the middle east, instead of relying on a James Bond type villain.
American Assassin ticks all the necessary boxes for an action flick. The film is entertaining to watch and the main actors help elevate it from a B grade status. It is the films dull and predictable script which is its down fall.
American Assassin – In cinemas now