Director :Michael Cuesta

Producer(s) :Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler

Starring : Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar and Taylor Kitsch

Genre : Action/Thriller

Release Date :September 15, 2017

Awesome-O-Metre : 5.0/10


Based on the books by Vince Flynn, American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War.

This is one film I have been anticipating for a while because the trailer and the premise seemed to hold so much, so immediately it came to cinemas on Friday, I was one of the first in line to go see it.  Unfortunately, it isn’t what I expected because for a film that is being sold as an action packed film, there was way too much talk that went on for extended periods that will tempt you to take a quick snooze.

I know this is an introduction to this franchise and there is a need to lay a foundation to the film but there was just too much backstory that the film failed to deliver the killer punch when it was required.  There were action sequences but honestly, it wasn’t enough. I must particularly state my disappointment in the Scott Adkins role in the film- I am not sure how the producers have one of the best martial artists on the planet in the person of Scott Adkins and they didn’t utilize him to the fullest. It’s quite a shame really.

However, I must say I was impressed with Dylan O’Brien’s interpretation of the role of the vigilante turned CIA agent, he seems to have come a long way from his Maze Runner days and I think he will do this franchise justice if the producers give him a good script with even more intense action scenes.

American Assassin has so much prospect but the film had too much talk and too much backstory and just not enough skrrrrrrrra pa pa ka ka ka skeedy ki pa pa and a poom poom prrrrrrrrr boom SKIYA dru bo po bo po bom pom pom…if you know, you know.

Even though I am a huge fan of American Assassin books but this adaptation doesn’t stand up to the reputation of the books and the producers need to do more. Maybe I had too high expectations but you guys let me know what you think after seeing this film. Do get your movie tickets HERE and afterwards leave your comment in the comment section below or on my Twitter or Facebook page and let me know what you think about this film.

Have a great week.

The Maveriq


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