American Assassin  is a thriller (I’d tread lightly using this genre) / action film based on The New York Times best-selling book Consent To Kill – which follows the life of Mitch Rapp and his path of revenge.
The Calm Before The Storm. The opening scene of this film gives us a false sense of security, with a name like American Assassin, we’re already on the edge of our seats knowing there’s going to be some sort of violence and knowing a bit about filmmaking I was prepared with the shaky cam, passed off as our lead character Mitch’s ‘filming’ he and his girlfriends lovely holiday. Not only did this very intense rollercoaster of a ride opening scene give me a false sense of safety but it was a good build up to a low riding movie.
The Suspense Is Killing Me. At the beginning of the film, I was pleasantly surprised. Whilst Mitch was building his skills in a slow montage I noticed there wasn’t much sound, effects or music, carrying the scenes and it was mainly the characters movements that kept you intrigued – but as the movie went on, and we got big fight scenes and more intensity, I was let down by the lack of upbeat hits and moments of power through music, letting the build of up strength down.
What The Hell Is A Stiles? If you’ve been a follower of Dylan O’Brien you’ll know he’s been in The Maze Runner series, but this is his first break out role since he had the comfort of being in MTV’s hit series Teen Wolf. Even though this movie was a let down I was still pleasantly surprised at Dylan’s performance in the film, he’s such a talent and is yet to disappoint me in a role – I’ll be honest when I say he was the only reason I watched the entire movie.
You Can Blink – You Won’t Miss It. The worst thing about this film was the fact it was an ‘action’ movie, moved mostly on the violence of war and fighting, and I honestly fell asleep through it because the editors missed the mark on those big bang moments – with a lack of sound and music, as well as basic effects when there really should’ve been more of a budget put into the post-production of this film it was a yawn of a film.