What is it with American movies that put “American” in their title? More often than not, they’re terrible movies. Even Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” wasn’t particularly good. Of course, there are exceptions, and it’s not fair to judge a movie just on its title.
So hopefully, “American Assassin” is one of those exceptions. It stars Dylan O’Brien of “The Maze Runner” franchise in the lead role, with a pretty awesome supporting actor in Michael Keaton, playing a mentor role. Just on that, I’m curious already. Other than that, this looks like your stock-standard espionage thriller where the hero has a personal motivation for his mission. Could still be fun though.
Here’s the official synopsis: “American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.
Published by Atria Books and in mass market paperback by Pocket Books, both imprints of Simon & Schuster, “American Assassin” is one of fifteen novels set in the world of counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp. Every single one has been a New York Times best-seller, the three most recent entries have been number one New York Times best-sellers, and the series has sold nearly 20 million copies to date.”
“American Assassin” is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff and Michael Finch and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, the action-adventure also stars Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Scott Adkins and Taylor Kitsch. It premieres 15th September in the US.