Movie Review | “American Assassin”

By Mica Wilhite

American assasin“American Assassin” is spy thriller that was released on September 15, 2017. Although receiving mild critical reviews, audiences have shown that it is still is an exhilarating cinematic experience to watch the good guys fight bad guys and keep bad things from happening to good people. Better said in the film, “kill people who need to be killed.”

Dylan O’Brien stars as Mitch Rapp, a counter-terrorism operative recruited by the CIA to fight the terrorist group that killed his girlfriend. Orion, the black operations group is headed by Stan Hurley. Played by Michael Keaton, Hurley is a veteran of the Cold War, a former Navy Seal, and one of the best warriors in the CIA. The mission for Hurley and Rapp is to stop a nuclear bomb from being launched in the Middle East.

The story unfolds using a formulaic combination of intense action scenes mildly propelled forward with just enough dialogue to make it to the end of two hours. Scoring a rotten 35% on the Tomatometer, audiences give it a fresher 71% score.

“American Assassin” is based on the 2010 novel by Vince Flynn of the same name. The character of Mitch Rapp was actually introduced in 1999 in “Transfer of Power” even though “American Assassin” is Rapp’s origin story and was released a decade later.

Flynn’s fans will know that had a successful career in real estate before embarking on his writing career that included six “New York Times” bestsellers. In 2011, he was diagnosed with a rare aggressive form of prostate cancers and died in 2013 at the age of 47.

“American Assassin” (111 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with an R rating for violence, language and nudity. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit for a full list of show times. Then, if you are a Flynn, Keaton, or O’Brien fan, make plans to see it.

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