I think a film like The American (by director Anton Corbijn) is long overdue and I am glad that it is currently holding first place at the box office. It means that there is an audience for such a classic take on this particular genre (Drama/Thriller). Of course having George Clooney for the leading role is most ideal and it is a clear reminder of days gone by with amazing actors like Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief (1955).
The film is of course based on the book, A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth and is about a man who hides in a small countryside village in Italy after he discovers he is being haunted down by the very people that once worked with him. Along the way he befriends a priest (Paolo Bonacelli) and finds comfort in the simplest pleasures in life until he is once more in the line of danger when a mysterious woman named Mathilde (Thekla Reuten – In Bruge) is in the market for a weapon, which Jack (George Clooney) is able to construct.
Anyway, without giving away too much, I just want to say that I love the film and do highly recommend it for most any mature audience who appreciates film making in simplicity, minus the special effects and over the top stunt work. I can’t say enough about the film and hope that Clooney continues to bring back movie making classic for us to enjoy in years to come.