Monday, September 13, 2010

119. September 11, 2010 - The American (2010)

This reminded me of In Bruges, but way less fun. George Clooney is dark and brooding and his relationship with the prostitute Clara is tense and not necessarily healthy, but it's appropriate for the tone of the film. It's a very quiet, sleepy thriller, with bursts of action that appear and disappear just like gunfire. Also curious is that there is very little music except at moments when the audience is supposed to feel some kind of emotional connection. I get what the fimmaker was trying to do with that, but audiences are not that stupid. If they aren't feeling what you want them to feel, then adding some sad music is not going to help. The emotional resonance is either there or it's not.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

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