American Assassin

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When Cold War veteran Stan Hurley takes CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp under his wing, they receive an assignment to investigate a wave of random attacks on both military and civilian targets. After discovering a pattern of violence, Hurley and Rapp join forces with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative who wants to start a global war.

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American Assassin is the feature film adaptation of the novel by Vince Flynn.  It stars Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton.  The words I would use to describe American Assassin is generic, ambitious, and boring.  The film has a very ambitious narrative, but ultimately falls flat due to its overall blandness.

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The one thing that American Assassin has going for it is the performance by its two main leads: Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien.  Dylan O’Brien is great here as he really goes for it and I was only interested in this film when he was on screen.  Part of the problem here is that O’Brien’s character is the only on even remotely flushed out throughout the duration of the film.  Overall I was just never really into American Assassin and pretty bored throughout.

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The first thirty minutes or so of American Assassin were actually pretty gripping.  I was completely into it and then the film just got progressively worse.  It seems like with every 10 minutes the film just takes a step down from the high pedestal that it started on.  Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien are about all that American Assassin has going for it, they however can’t save the film from itself.

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