Thursday, September 30, 2010

The American (2010)

So, I was all set and ready to watch this film. When I first saw the trailer for the movie, it really looked interesting. From the trailer alone, it felt like a drama and thriller type of film. Since I was so impressed with George Clooney's performance in this movie, I thought this one would be the same. I was wrong.

The beginning of the movie actually started out with a very abrupt scene. It was a bit of a mystery why the types of things happened during this first part of the film. In a way, I guess it was a reason for me to watch more. And, I did.

(Note: For those who have seen the film, you'll know what I'm talking about).

Regarding the film itself, it was a bit of a mystery. There were bits and pieces revealed to the audience, but not everything all at once. At times, it was a bit slow. And, then it would pick up into an action scene or two. But, then it would go back again to the slowness of the film.

In a way, the majority of the scenes really seemed to me like normal, everyday life type of scenes. It definitely was not the drama and thriller type of film that I expected from when I first saw the trailer. To be honest, I think the trailer is a bit misleading - it just doesen't feel like the type of film depicted in the trailer. It's different. And, I'm not so sure if that's a good thing.

All in all, this movie was really slow. Sure, there were some action scenes here and there. But, they were very few and far between. At times, it really dragged. And, I felt a lot of the scenes portrayed the normal things people do in everyday life - it was a bit boring.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with the movie. It didn't really have that much of a storyline. And, it really dragged at times. The few action scenes in the film didn't really make up for the slowness of the movie. As for the ending, it just wasn't that great.

For those who have been thinking about seeing this film, I'd say - save your money. It's really not worth it in my opinion. I don't even recommend it as a rental.

Film Gurl's 15 Minute Rule: FAIL

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Dan said...

George Clooney might be trying to emulate Cary Grant - all this running around, looking flustered in a suit!

Good review Film Gurl...might well give this one a miss.

Candice Frederick said...

gosh i'm hearing from everyone that this movie is real slow but has it's up and down moments. this will probbaly be a rental for me.

Film Gurl said...

(Dan) Oh, I definitely agree - great comparison! I'm glad you enjoyed the review, thanks for stopping by!

(Candice) It's really, really, really slow. The majority of the film is really slow, the bits of action in the movie is few and far between. Thanks for stopping by! :)

free movies said...

The first thing some people (though not all) coming out of The American may say is "It's... slow." They may be missing the idea behind the film. It's not about making an action-packed thriller, this is a film with a European sensibility