The American

The American Film Review 500 Days Of Film

500 Days Of Film Reviews The American And Finds A Quiet, Clinical Thriller... And George Clooney’s Ears


The American stars George Clooney as a weapons engineer who, as a result of a rather brutal event at the beginning of the film, is on the run.


He escapes to a remote village in Italy.


Whilst there he contemplates the emptiness of his life.


He wonders if he can yet make a meaningful connection. Oh and he also tries not to get dead.

Is It Any Good?

The American is a film that I appreciated rather than enjoyed. 


I appreciated the way the film looks - the gorgeous scenery is beautifully shot.


I appreciated the plot. I appreciated Clooney’s central performance and did feel for him at the end.


I just didn’t feel engaged. In fact, I felt removed.


Is that how I am supposed to feel? Is this the aim? Detachment is after all key to the plot.


I’m not sure. In the end, it just all felt rather clinical.

Random Observations

Just a warning, not that I am prudish or anything, but there is an element of nudity in this film - several elements actually. In fact, the film has barely started before you see a bare behind. Scandalous.


There are lots of shots of and behind George Clooney’s head in this film. For some inexplicable reason (linked perhaps to the advent of HD TV) I became rather obsessed with his ears...  

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Sarah Noble (Monday, 18 May 2015 01:02)

    I felt very "meh" at the end of this film. However i did appreciate Mr Clooney!!

  • #2

    Jane Douglas-Jones (Monday, 18 May 2015 09:36)

    That is just how I felt Sarah! You summed it up perfectly - meh!! :)