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September 22, 2017

American Assassin (2017) --- "Tom Cruise Has Nothing On Him. Find Out Why."

Plot Summary
Black ops recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) is reeling from the death of his fiancée in a terrorist attack when he is assigned to shadowy CIA figure Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to receive special training in tracking terrorists. Rapp and Hurley are then dispatched to join a Turkish agent on a mission to stop a mysterious operative from unleashing chaos of international proportions. (1) 

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     American Assassin (2017) is like JASON BOURNE meets DIE HARD, it is an action/thriller packed full of action, espionage, conspiracies, and suspense. The film is directed by Michael Cuesta (TV’s Homeland) and based off the bestselling novels by Vince Flynn. This is the type of action film that is entertaining because it puts the main character onto a revengeful path and although it may not have a memorable plot it is exciting to see a gritty and brutal main character exact his revenge; like in Jason Bourne, Die Hard, John Wick, and Man on Fire. I would not be surprised if the studio decided to continue on as a franchise because the ending left a decent amount of content for continuation.

     American Assassin is tightly filled with realistic action and an easy to follow plot. The plot is a bit forgettable and standard for this kind of film that shows the main character going from losing everything to going down on a brutal path for revenge. It’s an origin story through and through, and yet the action is more than enough to appease the masses. Every action scene is brutal, fast, and gritty, and Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'BrienTeen Wolf, Maze Runner) doesn’t hold anything back in fighting the bad guys. It’s fun to see O’Brien handling the character’s emotional arc pretty well without the typical humor and sarcasm – like Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher. He carries the film well and you’ll be amazed at his transformation from Young Adult film heartthrob to an action thriller’s serious, stone cold killer. The supporting cast were believable and great as well. Michael Keaton (Spider-Man: Homecoming) was amazing in his first action film, where he wasn’t the villain, as a former Navy S.E.A.L. and Covert Ops team leader. Shiva Negar (My Babysitters a Vampire) was the surprise in the film as Rapp's counterpart, Annika, and she was amazingly competent at her job. Sanaa Lathan (Now You See Me 2) and Taylor Kitch (Battleship) also did a great job with what they were given; however, they were saddled with filling in the holes and considering their roles you expect them to have more screen time. Especially in the beginning for Lathan and the ending for Kitch.

      Overall, American Assassin (2017) is an entertaining action thriller filled with espionage, brutal action scenes, and a pace that almost never slows down. With a run time of almost 2hrs and strong rating R for violence, it will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Dylan O'Brien demonstrates that he is able to play the both the comical adolescent from Teen Wolf and the stone cold killer from American Assassin. I was impressed with the film and judging by the ending can see the potential for a franchise series like Jason Bourne.

"Never make it personal."
- Stan Hurly

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  4 of 5 star
Worth Buying:  4 of 5 stars

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Cast & Crew
Directed by Michael Cuesta
Produced by 
     Lorenzo di Bonaventura     ...     producer
     Aidan Elliott                          ...     executive producer
     Pierre Ellul                            ...     line producer: Malta
     Marco Valerio Pugini           ...     line producer: Italy
     Daniel M. Stillman               ...     executive producer
     Nick Wechsler                      ...     producer
Music by Steven Price
Cinematography by Enrique Chediak
Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV
Casting By Elaine Grainger         
Production Design by Andrew Laws  
Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard

Dylan O'Brien                  ...      Mitch Rapp
Charlotte Vega                ...      Katrina
Shahid Ahmed                ...      Adnan Al-Mansur
Simon Connolly              ...      NSA Techie
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid         ...      Khaled
Trevor White                   ...      Dr. Frain
Sanaa Lathan                  ...      Irene Kennedy
David Suchet                   ...      Director Stansfield
Michael Keaton              ...      Stan Hurley
Michael Wildman         ...      Orion Instructor
Scott Adkins                    ...      Victor
Joseph Long                     ...      General Rostami
Mohammad Bakri         ...      Ashani
Navid Negahban            ...      Minister Behurz
Taylor Kitsch                  ...      Ghost
Gjevat Kelmendi            ...      Vladik
Shiva Negar                      ...      Annika
Khalid Laith                    ...      Sharif
Tolga Safer                       ...      Kamil, Sharif's Assistant
Göksun Çam                    ...      Sharif's Mistress

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