"The American" is in theaters next Wednesday, from acclaimed music video director Anton Corbijn in his feature debut. George Clooney stars as an assassin who heads to Italy for one last assignment. As you might expect, things do not go according to plan. I honestly haven't heard much about this one, but it looks like a good time.
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The lesson in today's clip from "The American" is simple: don't f--k with George Clooney. The Anton Corbijn-directed thriller stars the popular actor as a retiring assassin who just wants to finish his last mission and be done with the life. Too bad for him, the life won't let go so easily.
In the below clip, Clooney is out for a snowy stroll with his new friend Ingrid (Irina Björklund). She doesn't know what his background is, but she's about to get a taste of it. The clip ends before he has to explain himself; my guess is he takes the "that dude made fun of 'Batman & Robin'" defense.
I sure do like the look of this movie. It's out on September 1, next Wednesday, to kick off the post-summer season of Oscar bait contenders. Will this be one of them? Who knows, but I'm sure curious to see it!
Look, I know George Clooney can do serious. So it's not exactly surprising to see him here, stripped of the light-hearted banter that's characterized many of his most memorable roles. In "The American" Clooney plays an assassin at the end of his career, off on one last mission in Italy before he retires. There's something about it -- the tone, the color palettes, the performance -- that reminds me very much of "The Wrestler." I also definitely feel the style of director Anton Corbijn -- a music video director who makes his feature fiction debut here -- seeping in as well. Check it out for yourself below.