American Assassin (2017) - Action, Thriller

Hohum Score

31

Bearable

After the death of his girlfriend at the hands of terrorists, Mitch Rapp is drawn into the world of counterterrorism, mentored by tough-as-nails former U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. Stan Hurley.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Michael Cuesta
Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton
Length: 112 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 79 out of 328 found boring (24.08%)

One-line Reviews (241)

But it is exciting to see a gritty, brutal Dylan O'Brien taking out bad guys.

The cast are OK and handle their roles well for the most part, putting aside the usual cliché or three re CIA/Special ops agents in the field.

It is a credit to the filmmakers that "American Assassin" is a character-driven film instead of a tedious John Wick-style film that is all action with cardboard characters.

American Assassin is an action packed esponiage thriller that never slows down and even shows that Dylan O'Brien can take on a stone cold killer role.

After he gets involved with the authority, the plot becomes confusing because there are many characters and not enough explanation.

Worst Movie EVER!!.

all in all,its a well edited movie ,good sound effects and the music score makes it all more exciting to watch.

The novels by Vince Flynn create a compelling character that hopes to transfer to cinema as some of his other spy predecessors have before.

I scored free tickets to this which is a good thing because I walked out after an hour because I was dozing off.

The film opens with a startling and uncompromisingly violent opening sequence that leaves a positive and very promising first impression, while the first hour an hour is gritty and compelling as well as providing chills and devastation.

Exciting slightly unusual big budget spy thriller .

The rest is a bad cliche: CIA vs.

The martial arts are well choreographed while somewhat repetitive.

The script (suffering from too many cooks spoil the broth, referring to the film's troubled script-writing history, more than one script-writer was involved here and it shows loud and clear) is cliché-ridden and is both pedestrian and hammy.

Keaton is appropriately bad- ass, O'Brien is charismatic and exciting to watch, Negar is as deadly as she is beautiful and Kitsch makes a great villain.

If you're expecting a Vince Flynn thriller, don't waste your time on this.

Whenever it started to become compelling, she appeared and reminded me it's all fake.

Trying to establish who the baddies are and what are their agenda was like attempting to take photos of a tree or a house from inside a fast-moving train.

You have to like, or at least be able to relate to, some of the characters before engaging and this just didn't happen here.

It is a complete waste of time, the equivalent of watching two hours of paint on a wall dry.

Enjoyable and action packed Spy Film .

The first few minutes were not bad but when it got into a saga of revenge and old scores to settle that's when it dipped to being rather turgid, predictable and repetitious.

Overall American Assassin is a brilliant action thriller film filled with lots of action, shooting, violence, fighting, battling, explosions, guns, bombs, mixed martial arts (MMA), karate, intensive training, weapons, torture, some sad moments, hard hitting scenes, fast and furious action stuff, thrills and spills, on the edge of your seat stuff, so many near misses / close shaves, chases on foot and in vehicles like cars, loyalty, betrayal, team work, togetherness, team bonding, incredible technology, cat and mouse mind games, stunning scenery and shots of the numerous throughout the film, outstanding performances from Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch, Sanaa Lathan and many other things throughout the film.

Don't waste your time with this trash

The great cast and intense action sequences still made this a winner for me despite my quibbles, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Slick, Anti-Iranian Propaganda Disguised As A Film .

Boring counterterrorist action flick based on Vince Flynn's novel about a young recruit for the CIA (lackluster blank as a fart O'Brien) whose personal tragedy is his incentive for payback and vengeance when he is the unlikely new team member to infiltrate a possible worldwide threat and under the wing of veteran Keaton (who does as best as he can with the yawn-worthy material).

Yes the whole story is silly and contrived.

It's a wildly erratic bag of hits and misses; some elements are surprisingly excellent but there are also stretches of the film that are absolutely yawn inducing.

Cliche characters, predictable situations...

" The chief problem lies with its bland hero.

Action pack,intense scenes.

The opening scene of the movie is really intense, violent and engaging.

As an ensemble the actors make for a very entertaining movie.

That's why this action packed movie does not impress us.

Something with a good story that was compelling maybe?

A confusing story .

Action packed non stop.

I think my wife shared the same view with me that those scenes were quite breathtaking and intense.

With that being said, the actors flourished within their roles to offset the lack of story.

A Generic, But Enjoyable Action-Thriller for Fans of the Genre .

The action scenes are very well done, and the plot has enough twists and turns to be steadily entertaining.

The major story problems were an easily predictable, clichéd plot and then a confusing message about the merits/morality of revenge vs.

American Assassin starts out fresh, exciting and new!

This could be forgiven if we were given a compelling storyline for us viewers to get our teeth into.

However; a torture scene where Michael Keaton is tortured by GHOST (Taylor Kitsch delivering a very serious and intense performance) is really outstanding in what it makes you feel.

I enjoyed it.

From that point onward though, the film becomes tedious and clichéd.

I watched it on dvd and I was surprised how fast paced and hot this terrorism thriller was.

Luckily, the CIA bails him out and Sanaa-the lead agent-sees potential in Dylan and sends him to get some intensive training from Michael.

American Assassin is a thrilling movie that benefits from a strong, rich story that makes for a nearly 2 hour-long movie.

This movie hit all the modern PC cliche points.

Action scenes are very filmed, intense and about has real as Jason Bourne film series.

It was well polished, well made and very enjoyable to watch.

Thankfully I was lazy and decided to stay home and watch it anyways because it is one of the most entertaining action thrillers I have seen lately.

the plot line is totally predictable.

But if you are looking for a similar type of movie with lots and lots of actions full of mind blowing fighting, explosions sequences, then perhaps this would be a bit soft for you.

Serviceable and entertaining enough .

It is a boring predictable cliché after the other.

Just a bland terrorist.

He sees the target and accomplice on Sean Atkins, he draws a knife, then it cuts to another camera view and his hand is empty and he draws his airsoft pistol and takes put the two targets.

To me, it felt that the movie was as generic, boring and stereotyped as its title.

Strangely they made him dress and look too similar to Dylan so it was confusing sometimes.

Dialogue is very dull.

But it makes the movie flat and bit boring in the end,.

If it wasn't for him, the film honestly wouldn't have been quiet as enjoyable as it was.

But it's just pure action packed entertainment.

Honestly, the moment feels so cliché that the girl should be wearing a bullseye on her bathing suit.

'American Assassin's' story starts off so well and then goes off the boil and goes into tedious and over-the-top territories, never fully exploring the conflict and being indecisive on what its stance on whether revenge is a good or bad thing (it tries to do both and it ends up being confused).

Entertaining action flick .

Nothing happens to Dylan O'Brien /Mitch Rapp and Michael Keaton/Stan Hurley even if they are near to the explosion and without any suit.

These short quips fit in well with the design of the movie, but at least make them suspenseful, or high adrenaline to keep me invested in the urgency of the situation.

Michael Keaton and Dylan O'Brien were enjoyable enough in this movie.

The movie is just tedious.

To me, still worth seeing, even though predictable and the outcome was never in doubt.

I've seen people complain online about how this movie doesn't follow the book, but I've never read any of the Mitch Rapp books, so maybe that's one of the reasons I enjoyed it more than others did.

An obvious propaganda piece for the cia.

He's a man obsessed with violence and killing, which makes for a very bloody and intense movie.

The movie starts out fairly well, giving us an interesting premise of a revenge assassin film, the first 20 minutes continue on this note, just to be quickly derailed into yet another american propaganda flick, therefore completely losing its potential.

It's just another one of those cliché, we are the good guys type movies.

Much better than the usual PG-13 Hollywood yawn - fest.

Don't come into this expecting an Oscar contender, but a kick-ass action movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and delivers fist fights, espionage, explosions, car chases, and gunfights - all the good stuff an action movie needs.

Some obvious CGI work and the story was predictable…I think the cast made up for all the story problems I had.

Take every cliché and plot twist from every action movie about terrorism and special intelligence units, mix thoroughly, add a stream of banal dialogue, and a generous heaping of gratuitous violence (torture porn, really) - and you have American Assassin.

No plot in this movie .

Well, the film is kind of entertaining - agreed.

Its actioned packed and exciting.

Boring, dumb, cliché action movie.

The story is flat, again a typical "bad terrorists need to be punished" and i couldn't even watch till the end because everything about this main character annoyed me so much and the fact this movie has a 6+ rating made me come here to warn people about this waste of time...

The story too was, iffy, mainly because it lacked the gripping aspect.

As critics have said the film does lack wit and style due to the bland scripting and inconsistent tone and with such stiff and vast competition for spy/political/revenge thrillers (which 'American Assassin' doesn't do enough with) mostly little stands out.

But I better warn you there is a torture scene that will make you grit your teeth.

It's generic, predictable, and not particularly inspired.

All in all, this is worth watching.

Sadly I just switched off, being left with a feeling of how close the producers came to completing a thoroughly enjoyable film.

Somewhat enjoyable but predictable .

„American Assassin" may have a very typical action thriller trailer, and it's true that the story is made of clichés mostly, but the result is actually very enjoyable.

The plot is one of the most predictable I've seen in a film in quite some time where every twist is seen coming from a mile away.

Utterly pointless, unoriginal and lifeless film that's completely devoid of fun .

The movie starts promising enough but towards the middle and latter part of the film, it becomes a yawn fest.

Typical Hollywood propaganda: arabs/muslims are the bad guys, Iran is the bad guy country and of course it wants to do away with poor israel.

Boring .

It's pretty generic but undeniably entertaining .

Very entertaining thriller that could have been the next American Snipper .

Their characters are so boring to watch and every line from their mouth makes me want to barf.

His performance is fine, I never felt he was putting in less than his best performance, but I simply think a different person would have made for a more enjoyable finished product.

As entertaining as the movie is; the final showdown with an A bomb explosion on the sea with USA army; looks cheap and unrealistic.

Very enjoyable version of Vince Flynn's book .

Overall, this film did not live up to the hype and was largely a bland, uninspiring affair.

the climax with the nuke explosion is awesome and will having you gripping your significant other's hand or couch arm until it cuts off the circulation.

Yet the set pieces are executed with an unexpected flair and brutality that gives them a compelling edge.

It will keep you enthralled and on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Mediocre action: Perhaps I set this bar high, but the trailers promised me high adrenaline stunts and espionage warfare that would leave me on the edge of my seat.

While his mentor, Michael Keaton does a credible job, there are more hand-wringing and exciting moments in many of the episodes of the television hit series The Black List (2013- ).

Sadly, director Michael Cuesta has produced something utterly bland and formulaic, that offers no surprises or anything in the way of something you haven't seen many times before, usually arriving straight to DVD and starring Steven Seagal.

It is dynamic and intriguing.

They're cool, fun and fast paced.

Every Cliche in Hollywood .

Nice propaganda.

Once again, it was quite boring for me.

While there were traditional spy movie cliches it's worth watching.

Slow start, hell of a finish.. .

But still a entertaining action show :)

Bland and uninspired .

While it initially seems to aim for the genuine gap in the market where an unflinching, uncompromising and otherwise violent adult American action-thriller should comfortably sit, this flick never properly finds its footing or settles on a consistent tone and follows a story that occasionally becomes so silly, with Keaton spouting hammy dialogue and loving it to the point where his response to a brutal torture technique actually made me chuckle instead of cringe, and relies on such clichéd, over-the-top plot- points that you'd almost think it was trying to spoof the genre; it's at its best when it is brutal and borderline nasty, but unfortunately the callousness of the lead (which would've been a unique feature) has been toned down significantly from the novels which leaves him fairly generic and one-note with motivations that are conceptually clear but personally questionable, and though the rote rigamarole is competent and can be occasionally enjoyable it is disappointing that the harsher elements of the piece are not capitalised on considering the audience is already considerably more mature than than picture seems to realise.

I give it a 4 star for a decent start, but the plot and cliche's drag the movie down, to the point, that it is just background noise while i surf the net on my phone..

There is absurd, non stop, pointless fighting throughout.

Its entertaining and fun, plus the acting its actually pretty good.

Controlled rage directing absolute revenge makes for entertaining drama and they should have tapped into it more.

Although this wasn't fun, since all the terrorism and death, but cool and fast paced it was.

Michael Keaton was amazing in his first action film roll and was intense and believable as a former Navy S.

A hero who we allow to disregard orders because of his extraordinary abilities, a nuke, an FBI director with no charisma, a completely pointless boob shot, and a fist fight on a boat because we all know that international terrorism involving nukes is always decided by hand-to-hand combat.

The movie is action packed from the first moments on the beach till the potential cataclysmic ending, one that offers the special effects team the chance to create something never seen before.

Don't waste your time or money on this, just read the books.

This part of the movie is so cliché and pathetic.

In the end, there is no plot twist added and also no morale message.

Hilariously pretentious.

It's fast, hard-knuckle and action packed, and the fight scenes are really splendid.

Micheal Keaton - acting 10/10 Lead Actor - Acting 9/10The rest of the movie is crap,so go fishing with your friends, go to a bar with dear ones, go bowling, go watch a baseball game, but please, please for loving yourselves, please don't waste your time (precious time) watching this crap of a movie.

Occasionally feeling like a clever homage to 80s and 90s action flicks, but more often coming across as flat-out uninspired, the plot signposts its twists and hits its beats with the bland routine of typical straight-to-DVD dross.

The story was very nice but got confusing throughout.

I have rarely sat through such poorly-written, uninteresting garbage.

The cliché ridden theme of an agent going rogue in order to fulfill an original mission is encountered time and time again in the story with no foreseeable consequences.

A Yes, I would recommend it to others or a No, don't waste your time.

For me, American Assassin is another movie that had I not seen the trailer, I may have enjoyed it more.

There were lots of typical political propaganda within the scenes which made the movie boring for me.

The pasing is too fast, the dialouge was boring, the story was very cliché and predictable.

But, To my big surprise, this movie was fresh, balanced, and at times, gripping.

"American Assassin" is a clichéd but entertaining entry into the spy thriller subgenre.

However, the predictable plot, rushed development and mediocre action weren't up to the challenge of making this movie epic for me.

While the production falls short of spectacular, it has the bells and whistles to be popcorn entertaining.

The plot is pedestrian, derivative and painfully boring to watch.

Dialogue was clunky, expositional and boring most of the time.

This story is pretty formulaic.

Dylan O'Brien tried really hard, but honestly, it was pointless.

Really enjoyed it.

Almost all of the spy or secret agent action movies I've seen do the mistake of being pretty watchable for the most part but ruining the end: * introducing too many surprise twists to explain the events (= lazy storytelling), * taking itself too seriously (= becoming increasingly dull or heavy- handed), * or favoring often seen tired (how many times have you seen a final shootout on the roof of the building while it's raining, for example?

That Keaton's performance in "American Assassin" is so enjoyable makes it even disappointing that the rest of the production does not match Keaton's exulted standards.

This is a really entertaining movie that you will definitely enjoy if you like this genre.

Hollywood needs to stop that kind of propaganda's,when a political move is needed or they want to be shown a country badly.

The story is well written and is nonstop entertaining.

Oh yeah, cliché.

Whilst the film is a way to kill some time, it is not a film I would rewatch again in a hurry, purely for the fact it is bland, relatively boring and brings nothing new to the table.

waste of time and a Hollywood cliché .

After that, the origin story of Mitch Rapp is still pretty cool and involving, but then (about half way through the film) it starts to feel really routine and somewhat boring.

Entertaining .

It suffers from dreadful, cliché riddled, pedestrian dialog.

is there a cliché not being used in this movie??

Nevertheless, his character is sadly enough, also, a cliché.

The whole movie is a poorly designed potpourri selected from cliché segments from similar genres.

Some happenings are too cliché for such high expectations.

"American Assassin" is a clichéd but entertaining entry into the spy thriller subgenre.

Just the usual unoriginal propaganda claiming the western world as heroes and all other foreigners as enemies.

Michael Cuesta's direction fails to muster an iota of real interest with his epic fail of his young lead to carry favor with its audience and the biggest shock is the dull screenplay by Stephen Shciff and Michael Finch was co-written by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz - the powerhouse '80s filmmaking team who have seen better days and better projects!

I just saw this because of Dylan but it was really boring

It's supremely entertaining, and if you love action movies then you have to see this.

This plays out as almost a prequel, introducing us to an ordinary guy involved in an extraordinary event (the breathtaking opening sequence) who ends up undergoing gruelling training before going on the usual mission to retrieve stolen nukes.

I fell asleep twice and it took 3 attempts to watch it in its entirety.

It's entertaining for that type of film.

I liked it and highly recommend it.

I am not saying that the movie is horrible, but it is manifestly a pastiche of every cliché and trope in the spy thriller/terrorist thriller/special ops/action thriller/martial arts/extreme violence & horror genre (because of the excessive gore) play book.

Nothing happen interestingly.

fast paced, Car chases, good combat scenes.

It ain't "Sicario", but it's entertaining.

What a waste of time .

The story as a whole is just confusing.

Save your money...

It's an obvious story line but enjoyable all the same.

Entertaining action flick .

My son, daughter and I enjoyed it.

I really enjoyed it and would buy it on Blu-Ray.

Despite this cliché American Assassin doesn't flinch from presenting Islamic terrorism in all its gory detail.

Before that, it was a struggle to stay awake or interested.

It is exactly what it sets out to be, an entertaining action flick.

Another thing I want to mention specifically is the action; the action here is actually really good, it's fast paced, the fighting brutal and surprisingly gory, actually let me talk about that too; we're living in a era where even horror movies are being toned down to avoid R ratings and to leave way for a larger and younger audience, this movie does NOT care about that.

I was sure it was going to be either western or anti-western propaganda.

Mitch's loss was captured well enough, but somehow, his reaction to it became a bit, soporific, tiresome and juvenile.

a lot of typical propaganda in the movie .

full of cliches, not realy likable characters, black and white storytelling, unconvincing antagonists, boring torture, well even rambo is more sophisticated than this.

Like, are you really doing the beautiful-girl-treating-the-badass-hero's-wounds cliché?

Worth watching.

110 minutes of waste of time.

Sadly, the adaptation was all about cramming stunts than strategy into the movie, leaving us stranded with a predictable assortment of sequences and scenes.

Enjoyed it, and I know why.

Anyways, seems like Dylan O'Brian has found a decent genre for himself, as i would not go as far as to say he was bad in this mediocre little flick, O'Brian clearly showed he is serious, when it comes to pursuing his acting career as an action movie star, eventhough the movie was quite blatant and not as witty as you would expect, he still delivered some intense, action packed moments for us to enjoy.

The topper occurs when Rapp ferrets out an Iranian double agent within his ranks and nearly drowns Annika Ogden (Shiva Negar) to get her admission, but in a stunning reversal, they become allies when her own handler is murdered by Iranian government bigwigs.

At times it was entertaining and at other times not so much.

The second is for the effects team, who pull off an entertaining explosion at one point.

Entertaining and thrilling.

Just American propaganda movie like usual.. bad background story, disgusting...

Watch only when bored and do not expect clever plot/interesting or original scenes, go in expecting some mediocre fighting scenes and spying.

Things are quite exciting with interesting locations in Istanbul and Rome.

Adversaries like Keaton's trainer and Kitsch's terrorist make O'Brien's Mitch Rapp look like dreary.

Keaton is the only noteworthy point to a pointlessly dull counter-terrorist action flick .

Even more so that the rest of the story, character development, character's motivations, dialogues etc, are extremely stereotyped and bored me to death.

I was bored watching this movie.

Overall a really enjoyable and fast paced action flick.

Please don't waste your time here.

Overall very enjoyable and a well deserved 8/10 from me.

But the effects used for that particular scene are stunning.

The editing in this film was choppy, some of the CGI was rather average, the script was mundane and messy.

So in short - no story line, not exactly strong acting or direction, the effects were decent and a poor adaptation of the book.

right-wing American propaganda .

Don't waste your time watching this...

  Pretty standard, but entertaining, stuff.

What follows is admittedly pretty predictable.

#AmericanAssassin movie starring #DylanOBrien is a flawed but entertaining spy thriller.

But this movie is a predictable drag.

Don't waste our time with this one.

Fourth and probably most importantly, it was just a boring movie.

I'm really bummed by how boring it became.

Good and entertaining .

They're essentially just clichés and that's not always a bad thing, except they were just boring in this.

You're just looking for an entertaining spy movie with intense and thrilling action set-pieces, and that is EXACTLY what you will get; this movie is riveting from the opening scene.

i had to give it a 2 for the scene in the end with Keaton in band-aid, it was really funny after almost been on my way out 15 timeseverything else in this movie was terrible, but binding it all to the final end with guys in the ships and Keaton in band-aid for a few seconds just made me laugh and all worth wasting 1 n half hour :) LOL, maybe the worst movie of the year

Propaganda against Islam!

I'll watch anything with Michael Keaton, but the plot seemed so ordinary and formulaic.

Fun and action packed.

Excellent, exciting movie .

The whole movie seemed like a same old clichéd propaganda where the west is all gracious and savior of the world while the eastern guys are the bad ones trying to have a nuclear war like its a goddamn football game while in reality we know who used nukes in the real world.

The events at the beach that result in his decision to join the forces were on a level that I would consider among the finest, most thrilling sequences of the film year 2017.