American Assassin – movie review

Assassins aren't born. They are made.

  


By Paresh B. Mehta

Genre: Action   Recommended: General Audience   Released: 15 September 2017
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Taylor Kitsch
Directed by: Michael Cuesta

American Assassin movie review

An action thriller film about a CIA Black Ops recruit who decimate a mysterious operative who is keen to start a global war.

Directed by Michael Cuesta, the film has superb action sequences spread across various continents culminating into the grand climax where the young CIA recruit Mitch Rapp who helps a Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) try to stop the launching of a nuclear weapon in the Middle East.

This action film is based on Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the same name, beginning with Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) and his girlfriend who are on vacation in Ibiza, Spain where Mitch proposes to her and their world has come to standstill, only to witness and experience the horrifying incident when a radical Islamist jihadist cell lands on the beach and begins to attack the civilians with assault rifles.

Amid the carnage, Mitch frantically attempts to find his girlfriend, but is unable to prevent her death at the hands of the terrorists.

One and half years later, Mitch who is now consumed by his desire for vengeance, frequents an internet message board in pursuit of tracking the terrorist responsible for his girlfriend’s murder. He gets in contact with the terrorist who quizzes him (Mitch) on aspects of Islam and jihad.

On convincing them, he secures an invitation to meet him face to face and the prepared Mitch takes his vengeance on the man responsible for his girlfriend’s death, but before he can kill the terrorist, the cell is suddenly ambushed by U.S. Special Forces.

The US Special Forces during the strike finish one and all for Mitch to realise that he is unable to avenge his girlfriend’s death for her killer too had been gunned down. Unable to control his anger and frustration, Mitch  repeatedly stabs the terrorist he was after before being dragged out by the U.S. forces.

The CIA gives him an opportunity to join the forces against terrorism hence Mitch undergoes 30 days of debriefing before being offered a chance by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy to join a black operations unit codenamed Orion.

When the Cold War veteran 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.

We have a situation where the weapons grade nuclear material has gone missing from a decommissioned Russian nuclear facility and the hero also has the added responsibility to save the Sixth Fleet vessels of the US which were targetted by the ‘Ghost’.

There is a realistic hand-to-hand combat, superlative action scenes like the boat chase, the rough and raw car chase sequences shot across several location spreading Iran, Poland, Turkey and then to Rome.

This action film is best suited for those with a strong heart as some of the ruthless action and torture afflicted on the Cold War Veteran who trains Mitch could be unbearable at that moment.

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Cast:
Dylan O’Brien
Michael Keaton
Sanaa Lathan
Shiva Negar
Taylor Kitsch

Credits:
Directed by Michael CuestaProduced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Nick Wechsler
Written by Stephen Schiff, Michael Finch, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz
Based on American Assassin by Vince Flynn
Music by Steven Price
Cinematography – Enrique Chediak
Edited by Conrad Buff IV
Production company: CBS Films
Distributed by Lionsgate Films
American Assassin movie review