This the ShoutDown Review of the movie American Assassin. This is a good action movie. I am glad that Alamo Drafthouse picked it for the distinction of a special screening including a Question and Answer (Q&A) session after the credits. Credit goes to the producers and distributors getting this film out there this summer.
I saw this film as part of a Victory member screening on 9 August 2017. I went to Mainstreet Theater in Kansas City, MO to view the film. This is more of a preview since the film does not wide release until 15 September 2017.
This is an operative’s story. This story replaces the shine and polish with grit and wit. This story talks about how you train like an operative. This story shows how you get to be an expert with combatives, weapons and knowledge. These are all things that James Bond would have done in mostly while in the Naval Reserves. We get to see how Mitch Rapp becomes a bad-ass. It is worth the time to show how the character becomes his true self.
This is not a spy story. While Mitch Rapp does use some subterfuge, one weapon from the spy arsenal. However he does not seem to care who sees what he is doing. He is not using any espionage or covert action that are a spy’s true tradecraft. He has his agenda and he sets sole purpose to completing his mission. It is nice to see straightforward storytelling that is also full of action.
This is an obvious attempt to create a movie series. Mitch Rapp is an interesting action character that operates within the realm of reality. It serves as a good start to a series. Moreover this is an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s origin story not his first Mitch Rapp book. I think that is a good strategy. As long as they stay grounded in reality with a tinge of current events; this could be a profitable series indeed. Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar and Michael Keaton all are awesome in supporting roles. As long as they keep the story and support fresh; this could be an entertaining series of movies indeed. Shall see.
The Q&A after was lively. One anecdote that was funny was about the extras. Two of the movie’s stars [Dylan O’Brien and Taylor Kitsch] talked about how the extras tried to get more screen time much to everyone else’s chagrin. By everyone I mean the rest of the cast and crew of the movie. Also both stars had a beer both before and after the film which seemed to lubricate their jaws to give honest answers. Creating a fun session that added well to an enjoyable movie.
In my opinion, this film is worth the time and money to view.
Rating 3 out of 5.