American Assassin | Film Review

I don't go to the cinema a lot because of the price, I find it too expensive. When I see a trailer with a film that I really want to see then I have to go. I had been saying for months that I was looking forward to seeing American Assassin. It's not just because it stars Dylan O'brain. Even though that was one reason. The trailer gave just the just amount away for you to be interested in the film but not too much that you felt like you had seen the whole film in it.

My best friends Alice and Paige were super excited to see it as well, so of course I had to go with them. We pre-booked the tickets and the excitement started to increase.

A 23 year-old guy called Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of 14 and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Due to both of these things Mitch wanted to seek revenge on the terrorists. He is enlisted by the CIA Deputy Directer Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they investigate a wave of ''apparently'' random attacks on the 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.

Mitch is played by Dylan O'brian. For me it was the best I had seen him act. It was refreshing seeing Dylan do something other than a click-flick. Even though he is great in the film 'First Time' and the TV show 'Teen Wolf', in American Assassin he's role was very different to normal and he did an amazing job portraying a strong minded, revengeful and fast learning type of guy. What I loved most about this is that you could tell Dylan had made the character his own and added a lot of personality which showed through massively. I hope to see more of Dylan in other action films and other different genres of film too, as I love seeing actors show their talents off by being able to do more than on genre.

Irene Kennedy is played by Sanaa Lethan. I had never seen her act before but I felt like she did a good enough job, although at times I felt like she lacked in some areas. Never-the-less over all with the amount of screen time she had and what she showed through acting you could tell what type of character she was meant to be. You could tell that once she believes in someone she never stops and she knows what she is doing when it comes to keeping America safe. She's the type of person that follows the roles but knows when they need to be bent. I would like to see her act more so I can see her acting style more, as for me seeing someone act once you can't always tell how good they are.

Michael Keaton was another person that I was excited to see in this film. Each time I have seen him act I have never been disappointed and he is always in interesting, quirky films. He played the character of Stan Hurley who was in charge of training up Mitch in order to track the bad guys down. He is a hard character that doesn't do fuss, he likes to get the job done the proper way and hates it when people break the rules. He has his own way of doing things that not everybody agrees with, but it seems to work out well in the end. At the start of the film he thought Mitch was weak as he reminded him of someone he used to know. But other time he came to realize that Mitch was strong minded and would do anything to save people and America.

Pretty much every action film has a fight scene's in it. I find that most of the time though you can't really see what is going on in the fight, either because of it being shot in a dark room or because it's done in fast motion. In this film they did well in showing you each move the characters did. This I loved a lot! I like seeing fight scene's where I can see each move. This then makes me feel tense about the counter move that might come next. Also it just makes the scene look so cool.

If you haven't seen this film yet I would recommend it. Although it is an 18 for a reason so if you don't like gore then maybe it isn't for you. Saying that I'm not a huge fan of gore but I managed but the whole film was so good and made you not think about it too much. Yes I am very impressed by this film as you can tell.

See you next time for another.


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