The film revolves around an older man, possibly a spy, and definitely a craftsman of some sort. We never really find out what he is, but we do know that he is dangerous and he is being hunted.
Now people are comparing this film as the “Eat, Pray, Love” for George Clooney. I don’t think so, yes Clooney is in every scene, but this is certainly not a travelogue of Europe and on top of that the supporting cast around him is the reason why this film works so well.
However I think “The American” is an acquired taste and certainly not for everyone. I mean there is ten minute stretches without any dialogue and most of the film is without action, which is all-fine by me.
The crowd I saw this film with was certainly not happy; they were bored, confused and angry that objects weren’t blowing up. I however enjoyed every minute of it; it’s beautifully shot in the Swiss Alps, Rome and a small little town in Italy.
“The American” has beautiful cinematography through out, Clooney gives a great performance and though sometimes the characters seem to be to remote for us to care about “The American” is a good film and for my money one of the years best.