Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Pavel that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.Written by
George Clooney played a trick on the crew. When the train pulls into Sulmona Introdacqua station, it was set up so the doors would open and the woman step straight into shot. The train driver was given a marker to stop at. Clooney told the driver there was a change of plan and he had to stop 5 m past his marker. Laughter from Clooney and consternation from the crew. See more »
Woman testing Ruger Mini-14 shoots. Misses low. Corrects for elevation with 4 to 5 clicks right. First error is that generally right turns on the elevation turret push bullet impact lower. Her next shots were higher. Wrong elevation correction. Second error is that if her turret is in 1/4 or even 1/2 MOA per click, she only adjusted 1 to 2" at 100 yards. She was shooting from approximately 50 paces (in heels over uneven ground), or 100 to 150 feet, or probably about 40 yards meaning her elevation correction would have only changed the POI (point of impact) by about 1" maximum. The target plate was nearly 10" in diameter. Her POI shift from first shot to the three shot group was over 6" higher. Likewise, granted it was off hand, assuming 40 yards, she shot a 11 minute, 3-shot group...horrible by any standard much less a sniper with a scoped rifle. That's barely a good group for a production handgun in the hands of an enthusiast. See more »
You know, I thought I maybe drive into town. You want something?
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The credits at the end are in order of appearance. However, the 3 hookers are listed in the order: Hooker #2, Hooker #3 and Hooker #1, which logically doesn't make sense. See more »
The American (2010), directed by Anton Corbijn, is a vehicle for the talents of George Clooney. Clooney is too tough, too handsome, and too much the strong, silent type to do well as a gentle, caring human being. Accordingly, director Corbijn has typecast him as a professional assassin.
Unfortunately for his character, Jack, "the Swedes" are after him. The film begins in a beautiful Scandinavian location where Jack avoids being killed, and kills his would-be assassins. Unfortunately, this causes him to commit an inexcusably violent crime against an innocent person. The attempt on his life also causes him to hide out in a small Italian village, where he is "The American."
In the village he meets three people. Two of them are pretty much from Central Casting--a kindly priest, played well by Paolo Bonacelli, and a hooker with a heart of gold, the beautiful Violante Placido. The third person's role is more surprising--Thekla Reuten, as Mathilde, surely the world's most attractive female professional assassin.
The plot isn't terribly creative and, in fact, it's somewhat confusing. However, the movie is worth seeing, in my opinion, for the excellent acting that Clooney brings to his role. He is a man who is never at ease, never at rest, and clearly no longer comfortable with his role as a hired killer and gunsmith for hired killers. He is always (literally) looking over his shoulder, and probably will be forever. Not a happy profession, and not a happy life.
Reviewers have remarked about the beautiful scenery in this movie, which I did not appreciate on the small screen. However, the acting and plot come across well enough on DVD. The film isn't worth seeking out, unless you have a particular interest in this genre. However, it has some episodes of intense action, and it's never boring.
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