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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 ... 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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Assassins aren't born. They're made. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

Also Known As:

Asesino: Misión Venganza 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film production needed to start by 2016 or the rights to the film would be reverted to the Vince Flynn Estate. See more »

Goofs

Scenes supposedly filmed in Turkey clearly haven't been as none of the vehicles have Turkish number plates and other than the mistress of Sharif, none of them actually speak Turkish fluently. None of the shots after the Galata Bridge scene are in Turkey. See more »

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Stan Hurley: Patriotism exists because people like and people like me need a higher cause. Something bigger than us.
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The names of Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton appears in the "Diagonal Billing" method, which was first used for Paul Newman and Steve McQueen in The Towering Inferno (1974) See more »

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

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It's made of clichés but the result is pretty damn good!
13 September 2017 | by Kapten VideoSee all my reviews

Boy (Dylan O'Brien) sees her fiancé 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 clichés 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 clichés 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!


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