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American Assassin (2017)

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After the death of his girlfriend at the hands of terrorists, Mitch Rapp is drawn into the world of counterterrorism, mentored by tough-as-nails former U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. Stan Hurley.

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Michael Cuesta

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Stephen Schiff (screenplay by), Michael Finch (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan O'Brien ... Mitch Rapp
Charlotte Vega ... Katrina
Christopher Bomford Christopher Bomford ... Bartender
Chris Webster ... Mansur Recruit Video
Shahid Ahmed Shahid Ahmed ... Adnan Al-Mansur
Buster Reeves ... Martial Arts Instructor
Nick Cavaliere Nick Cavaliere ... Building Superintendent
Simon Connolly Simon Connolly ... NSA Techie
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid ... Khaled (as Yousef Sweid)
Joost Janssen ... American Operator (Mansur Compound)
Adam Collins ... American Operator #2 (Mansur Compound)
Trevor White ... Dr. Frain
Sanaa Lathan ... Irene Kennedy
Jeff Davis ... CIA Officer Giving Nuke Intel (as JF Davis)
David Suchet ... Director Stansfield
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Storyline

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. Written by Anonymous

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terrorism | cia | revenge | beach | fight | See All (431) »

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,846,778, 17 September 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,249,674, 9 November 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,167,951, 10 December 2017
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Willis was attached to play Stan Hurley, the mentor of Mitch Rapp. See more »

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When they are on the boat headed out to sea it is stated that the 6th fleet is 25miles out. When Ghost sets the bomb it's for 20 minutes. It took at least 3-4 minutes to get out of the sewers and get the boat going. That means he has about 21minutes to go 25 miles. Or to even get within 5 miles 21 minutes to go 21miles. He would have to average 60mph or faster to get close enough to be within a 5 mile circle to annihilate the 6th fleet. There is no way he was going that fast. Rapp could have dropped the nuke in the water and they would have been fine. See more »

Quotes

Stan Hurley: Patriotism exists because people like and people like me need a higher cause. Something bigger than us.
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Crazy Credits

There is a dedication picture to author Vince Flynn, who died in 2013. See more »

Alternate Versions

In India, mandatory cuts were required for an 'A' rating; which removed a couple of uses of the term 'bastard' along with a brief shot of a naked woman. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: American Assassin/Mother! (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Sevin Gayri
Performed by George Hadjineophytou & Vivienne Dogan-Corringham
Courtesy of ARC Music Productions Int. Ltd.
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Dylan O'Brien has found his franchise
28 September 2017 | by mharahSee all my reviews

Books are NOT movies. This needs to be said over and over, because there is always a cabal of complainers who hate any movie that doesn't faithfully follow its hardcover source. I haven't read Vince Flynn's American Assassin, and I don't intend to. But I feel fairly confident that he wasn't writing a movie. American Assassin (the movie) is a film-telling of the original story; it is NOT the original story, and it doesn't pretend to be. (Memo to Vince Flynn fanatics: Don't go see it.) American Assassin is a terrific watch, if for no other reason than seeing Dylan O'Brien nail it. And he is well aided by his supporting cast, most especially Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch and Saana Lathan. (I would like to have included Shiva Negar, but her character is severely compromised by problematic writing. She did the best she could with what she was given.) The script is larded with clichés, but for the most part the actors make good use of them. Director Michael Cuesta keeps it all moving right along. Most of the characters are very thinly drawn, leaving the actors to flesh them out as best they can. The special effects range from absent entirely to overdone. The script itself lurches from event to event, with an ending that goes beyond credulity. None of this matters. Dylan O'Brien is on screen ninety percent of the time, and his character is spot on. He is totally in command, and his charisma is entirely in charge. For a movie such as American Assassin, that's what it is all about.


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