American Assassin


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American Assassin
Release Date:
14th September 2017
111 min
MPAA Rating:
Michael Cuesta
Michael Finch, Stephen Schiff
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Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East.


Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 35%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 73%
IMDb Rating 6.8


Charlotte Vega as Katrina
Chris Webster as Mansur Recruit Video
Christopher Bomford as Bartender
Dylan O'Brien as Mitch Rapp
Shahid Ahmed as Adnan Al-Mansur

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by etiennestories 15th September, 2017

Good, even if it didn't follow the book

Other than the names of the central characters, this movie bears only passing resemblance to the book. That being said, it works, most of the time. Mitch Rapp is totally believable. Michael Keaton is in darn good shape for a man his age, and his character is believable. It's too bad that the producers bowed to the cancer of political correctness and made Irene Kennedy black. That was so out of keeping with the Mitch Rapp books. Shame on Hollywood for bowing to pressure. All in all, the movie was worth the price of the ticket, and I only hope it does well enough at the box office to ensure that the series continues.

Reviewed by jas-116 15th September, 2017

Great thriller and true to Vince Flynn's character, Mitch Rapp

I was looking forward to this film, given that I'm a big fan of Vince Flynn's "Mitch Rapp" franchise. The film's portrayal of young Mitch Rapp was true to his character in the books, as was his mentor Stan Hurley. Michael Keaton gave a powerful, great performance as Stan Hurley, and Dylan Obrien is a born action star, as Mitch Rapp. I loved it and look forward to more of this franchise.

Reviewed by hollywoodhernandez-70868 14th September, 2017

An action/thriller filled with espionage, intrigue and plenty of action

American Assassin is an action/thriller filled with espionage, intrigue and plenty of action. Dylan O'Brien (The Maze Runner and MTV's Teen Wolf) plays C.I.A. trainee Mitch Rapp. You'll be amazed at the transformation of O'Brien as he buffs up to play the stone cold killer in American Assassin. The movie is based on the best selling novels of Vince Flynn and directed by Michael Cuesta, who also directs the TV series Homeland. O'Brien's character, Mitch Rapp, becomes a lone wolf who is obsessed with revenge after terrorists kill his girlfriend while they are on vacation on a small island in the Mediterranean. He trains for a year in MMA and with weapons. He is so ruthless that he is kicked out of both his martial arts class and his weapons training class. His plans are to pose as an American who is sympathetic to the cause of Isis so he can get near enough to kill members of their terrorist cells. While he's making his plans he also being watched by the C.I.A. and they extract him from his first mission in Libya and offer him a chance to be a part of a super secret and elite black ops team. Sanaa Lathan plays Irene Kennedy, a C.I.A. Deputy Director who is in charge of the black ops team and Michael Keaton (who looks fantastic at age 66) is a former Navy Seal who's in charge of training the team. As an ensemble the actors make for a very entertaining movie. Keaton and his team travel all over the world to stop a terrorist plot between Russia and Iran to build a nuclear weapon. On the mission the team discovers a former black ops team member, only known as "Ghost", who is now a mercenary and is brokering the deal between the two countries. "Ghost", played by Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) is a former protegee of Keaton who's now seeking revenge against his former mentor and against The United States, a country who he feels betrayed him. While the cast is strong, it's O'Brien who carries the movie. He's on par with any former actor who's played James Bond except, unlike the Bond characters, he doesn't play his part with any humor or sarcasm. He plays it full out serious. He's a man obsessed with violence and killing, which makes for a very bloody and intense movie. American Assassin is rated a very strong "R" for violence and it has a run time of 1 hour and 51 minutes. It will keep you enthralled and on the edge of your seat from start to finish. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate American Assassin a JUMBO. Hollywood Hernandez

Reviewed by John Reynolds 14th September, 2017

Right Up There With John Wick 2 As Great Action Movies Of 2017!

I don't rarely rate movies on here, only when the movie has been exceptional or largely exceeded by expectations on what I thought I was going to watch. American Assassin is one of those movies. Going into the theater, I didn't expect much other than a decent action flick maybe something in the lines of Jason Bourne. What I got was a deeper, darker, and FAR more sinister action movie than Bourne ever got to. This is not a "popcorn flick"(I always hated that term), something you just turn your brain off to see people get beat down. Although there is a lot of violence and beating down, this will actually stimulate your brain too. Which makes it far superior to generic Wal Mart Bin Beat Em ups in the 5 dollar cage. All 5 Bourne movies were PG13, a lot of people forget that. American Assassin is rated R and lets it be known. Rated R action movies are usually a lot more realistic. People die not get "beaten up", when someone is stabbed or shot their is blood, and the language used is more realistic, because yes people do curse in anger. It makes the movie far more realistic(as realistic as Hollywood action films can be anyways) and allows you to, at least some extent feel like YOU are part of the action. I will not spoil anything other than to say this is EASILY the best action movie of the year right next to John Wick 2. I have pretty high standards when it comes to action movies, I have been watching them all my life, and personally I felt American Assassin was a great movie.

Reviewed by Kapten Video 13th September, 2017

It's made of clichés but the result is pretty damn good!

Boy (Dylan O'Brien) sees her fiance killed in terrorist attack and vows bloody revenge. He becomes a CIA counterterrorism agent, training under the seasoned pro (Michael Keaton) whose past suddenly returns to haunt him. Also starring: Yousef 'Joe' Sweid, Sanaa Lathan, David Suchet, Taylor Kitsch, Shiva Negar. Along „Renegades", this is one of the good recent actioneers that has a risk of not finding an audience it deserves. Probably because everybody thinks that yeah, trailer ain't bad, but we've seen enough stuff like this. But wide release is actually around the corner yet, so let's hope for the best. „American Assassin" may have a very typical action thriller trailer, and it's true that the story is made of cliches mostly, but the result is actually very enjoyable. The action is bloody and satisfying, the actors are good and charming, and the characters are just interesting enough to make you care. Almost all of the spy or secret agent action movies I've seen do the mistake of being pretty watchable for the most part but ruining the end: * introducing too many surprise twists to explain the events (= lazy storytelling), * taking itself too seriously (= becoming increasingly dull or heavy- handed), * or favoring often seen tired (how many times have you seen a final shootout on the roof of the building while it's raining, for example?). „American Assassin" never drops the baton, or pacing for that matter, which makes it fresher than most of its ilk. Also, the movie wins greatly by having three cool but not that widely known male actors in leads, one of them older and two younger. Let's examine them one by one, shall we? Kitsch is surely one of the greatest American action stars still unrecognized by the wider audience. He's got the muscle, the looks, the charm – what's not to like? If only his part was bigger. This is the only sad thought I had when the movie ended. You remember Kitsch from „Friday Night Lights" series, HBO's „True Detective" season 2, „John Carter" (as John Carter), „Battleship", Oliver Stone's „Savages", and „The Lone Survivor". Still can't quite recall the face? Told you so. One of the unregonignized greats. Dylan O'Brien in the lead is a star of long-running „Teen Wolf" series and also appears in „The Maze Runner" trilogy. It's good to see him starring in a movie now, and he looks fit to kick ass too! I totally bought him as a young hero. And last but not the least, let's bow down to Michael Keaton, one of the more charismatic movie stars of 1980's and 1990's who's probably not that well-known anymore. But he has lost none of the charm. This measured performance of ruthless counterterrorism veteran is probably the most memorable thing in the movie overall. Maybe it's time for Keaton revival? He's appeared in quite good projects lately – „Birdman", „Spotlight", „The Founder". Playing Vulture in newest „Spider-Man" did not probably hurt either, at least not his bank account. All in all, this movie is one of the rare positive examples where tired and overused cliches find a new life thanks to committed movie makers – CIA, terrorists, trained to kill, nuclear threat, plutonium and all the other blah blah blah is not interesting just by itself anymore. The young hero of „American Assassin" is actually the central character of so far 15 popular political thriller novels, so with any future commercial success, we may have witnessed a birth of a new action man who is interesting enough to compete with Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, or the others. Director Michael Cuesta is also known for 2011's „Roadie" and 2014's „Kill the Messenger", look them up, both are interesting. So what if the movie is not exactly original? It's watchable and fresh, and the explosive ending is a joy to witness!