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|Original title:||American Assassin|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 112 Min|
|Rated:||From 18 years|
A romantic vacation becomes a nightmare for Mitch Rapp (Dylan O`Brien) and his fiancée when terrorists storm the beach and randomly shoot people - including Mitch's great love. From now on the young man knows only one goal: revenge! Over the next few months, he will do everything in his power to locate the perpetrators of the attack and then kill them. Thus, he is also targeted by the CIA, which sees great potential in him. The war veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) is to train him as an elite soldier in order to eliminate not only one but as many terror cells as possible. And soon Mitch is sent on his first mission to stop a large-scale conspiracy that could cost the lives of thousands of people. But the enemy is always one step ahead - no wonder, he was trained by the best of the best - by Stan Hurley …  sp;  sp&nb.nbsp;
"American Assassin" is based on the successful novels of bestselling author Vince Flynn, who died in 2013 at the age of just 46. After the CIA veteran Mitch Rapp had first passed an adventure in 1999, he delivered his prehistory after further successful books in 2010. This book met with a particularly positive response from critics and fans and provides the perfect basis for the start of a planned film series. After a rather weak performance at the American box offices, it is still questionable whether this will actually be the case or whether it will remain a one-off cinema event.
No question, the ideology that this film represents can confidently be described as questionable. Apart from that, Michael Cuesta ("Homeland", "Kill the Messenger") has staged an absolutely solid action thriller, which especially at the beginning can convince with a good build-up of tension and a credibly constructed dramaturgy. Although Dylan O'Brien, as an ice-cold avenger, is not quite the ideal cast, he does his job well overall. And Michael Keaton proves once more that he can also get a lot out of quite clichéd roles.
Towards the end, the story increasingly sinks into unbelief and into a patriotism of the hands. There is a quite spectacular finale. But somehow there is already some air out of the story, as well as out of the threatening opponent at the beginning, and the whole thing seems very interchangeable. Still: If you like conventional action fare and like agent thrillers like the Jack Ryan movies, you'll also be entertained here. And for that there is a clear one: Worth seeing! ]
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