American Assassin

Date Watched: – 25th September 2017

Director: – Michael Cuesta

Genre: – Action, Thriller

Starring: – Dylan O’Brien (Mitch Rapp), Michael Keaton (Stan Hurley), Sanaa Lathan (Deputy Director Irene Kennedy), Shiva Negar (Annika) & Taylor Kitsch (Ghost)

Review:

Another review I started but had not completed and posted, I missed this original as an Unlimited Screening due to illness but finally watched this and it was generally a decent film. Mitch has just proposed to his girlfriend on the beach in Ibiza when the beach is attacked by terrorist and both are shot, his girlfriend is then shot in the head at close range killing her, 18 months has passed and Mitch is working on his vengeance and frequently visits the message board where his girlfriend’s killers post trying to get a face to face meet with them, when he finally does the US Secret Services raid the cell, in a US safe house he is then questioned and is given a debriefing by the CIA, he is then offered to join a black ops unit which is headed by Stan Hurley a former US Navy Seal who trains Mitch and the other recruits.

The team is sent to Turkey to track and retrieve stolen Plutonium that is needed to power stolen Nuclear Missiles, however in Istanbul the team is made but Mitch pursues the buyer to his apartment and steals his laptop killing him in the process. The information then leads them to Rome where Mitch uncovers Annika one of the team members is an undercover Iranian Agent and she’s arrested though she tells Mitch she is trying to stop the terrorist too, Stan is captured by Ghost during a meet with a contact and as Annika is being transferred out of the safe house Mitch intercepts her and frees her, working together they locate Stan and Ghost, Ghost captures Annika, though Annika tells Mitch to shot her, he can’t so she shots herself to stop herself being in the way, Ghosts escapes and Mitch frees an injured Stan.

Ghost escapes with the Nuclear Bomb to a boat and aims for the US Navy Sixth Fleet which is exercising in the Med, planning a Kamikaze attack, Mitch manages to get on board the boat and kills Ghost and then attempts to divert the boat away from the fleet as the bomb is about to explode, seconds before it explodes Mitch is rescued by a Navy Helicopter and as the bomb goes off it’s pushed by the blast but the pilot manages to keep control, the bomb causes a Tsunami wave that damaged the sixth fleet but survive the wave. Whilst recovering Stan finds out that Mitch is on holiday in Dubai where the Iranian Faction that tried to obtain the weapon before it was stolen are hoping to win an election, as they board an elevator Mitch is in the back of the elevator smiling and the film ends.

This is a good film that could’ve been better, it reminds me of Homeland (TV Series) a lot and perhaps this might’ve been better being a 2 part TV Film where could’ve had more in the film and more story as you did have to fill in gaps, I can’t fault the cast it just it could’ve been a bit more, better. It is worth watching but maybe wait until is released on Home Media (edit – I expect now it is finished in the Cinema so Home Media would be only way to watch now once released), there will be better and worst films on the same plot/story-lineThis then gets a solid 7/10

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