‘The American’ Trailer

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 12:29 pm,

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In “finally” news, we’ve got the first teaser for the low-key, but potentially fantastic George Clooney film The American. Directed by Anton Corbijn, the film focuses on a loner assassin who is a master of his craft. But when a job in Sweden goes awry, he vows his next target will be his last. Of course, nothing is ever that simple, or it wouldn’t be a movie.

The American is an intriguing one. The first trailer gives a completely foreign vibe, hardly utilizing Clooney as the main draw. Instead, it focuses on story, character and the complexities surrounding him. Director Anton Corbijn, an acclaimed music video director, looks to be creating a kind of foreign film in its tone and look.

The film is based on a 1990 book entitled A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth. The cinematography in the few shots revealed is fantastic and proves The American will be quietly gorgeous, utilizing negative space and unique lines throughout. There is no question Corbijn has an eye for the visual, so all that remains is a compelling story. Nabbing Clooney for the lead seems like a great place to start.

While The American feels like a deeply thoughtful and serious film about a man dealing with a career he can’t escape, there should be enough action to go around. A few shots with Clooney sporting a sniper rifle, but a relatively relaxed trailer may mean a pace more similar to the Bourne Identity or The Hurt Locker.

Clooney has been taking more interesting “risks” with his career of late by picking smaller films with more engaging characters, like Up In The Air. Of course, when Clooney joins a cast, the film immediately goes from “risk” to “guarantee,” but his choices have been great and may continue to improve his track record as one of the best.

How does it look to you? Are you excited to see the film? For any reason other than Clooney’s involvement? Share you thoughts in the comments board below.

The American is set to release September 1, 2010.

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  1. Looks good… Doesn’t look like a clone of the Bourne franchise (which is good).

    • @GetMoney007… I agree. I’m surprised that I’m as excited about this film as I am from the trailer. That it doesn’t look like a Bourne ripoff is a big relief. The look of it also works for me. The big question the trailer raises is whether it will be exciting. The potential is definitely there. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

      • This movie look more like a drama with action parts mixed into it… I don’t think there’s gonna be lot of action scenes in it but I do think they’ll be well be placed and good.

  2. This looks like it has potential. If it’s has a strong character arc I’m there.

  3. Sniper rifle? That’s a Mini-14, hardly a very accurate or even reliable weapon… Not something you would see a “professional” like this “all-american” George Clooney is playing use in real life. He also has pretty poor trigger discipline for a so-called “pro.” Looks like all the attention went to the artsy visuals and the little details got ignored… Oh well, typical of movies…

  4. I agree, I feel the more real the details,makes for a more believable movie. hollywood tries to hard to wrap up the viewer in the style as to follow trends that they feel is ‘what’s hot’. No steiner scope 30/30 lens?

    • If you watch Collateral with Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise, and you know a little something about shooting, you’d notice that Tom Cruise handles the handgun like a real pro. In the movie, he’s supposed to be a real pro, and he does everything like a real pro. Really does help keep you immersed in the movie instead of finding yourself going “um, what is he doing?” Just the same as if they have a nurse in a movie not know medical terms and not following the right procedures such as proper disposal of sharps or whatever. Sure not everyone will notice, but there will be those nurses in the audience scoffing at it. A good director looks at the details and makes sure everything is square. Having a movie about some “pro” government agent who doesn’t even know how to hold a weapon correct or picks a really poor choice for a weapon, there will be those of us in the audience who will go “um, yah, right…”

      But it’s George Clooney, so he probably feels he knows better than all of us anyway, maybe the director told him to do some training and he just didn’t want to listen because he’s George Clooney and he’s better than everyone in his mind…

      • these are great points. and one of the reasons I love Michael Mann so much. People who don’t know about these details will scoff at what you say, but I couldn’t agree more. You subconsciously know what is real and what is fabricated and it takes you out of a film. If this was Transformers I wouldn’t care. But an artsy, character-driven film needs to have a completely immersed actor and the character needs to know what he is doing. Not for the fanboys or for the overzealous gun nut, but as a responsibility to present a true world to the audience, if that’s the intention.

        Just a thought, maybe he has no access to the weapons he needs and rounds up what he can find.

        • I honestly think he has access, but just didn’t put the effort in. I’m not going to single this movie out as if this is the only time, this is true for like 85% of the movies in Hollywood. They’re on a budget, so they figure the mass majority of their audience won’t know the difference, and even some of those who know won’t care that much and would pay for it anyway. Hiring a military/government consultant and a weapons expert to train the actors cost $$$. So most Hollywood producers skip that and just go “do what you think looks good and what you’ve seen from other movies” to the actors and they run with it…

        • I feel the same way about the hurt locker and most other military movies. I mean they dident even get the timeline right. Many of the characters were out of place and you had the main characters doing things no soldiers would do lol…Not even if they were half way crazy.

          My favorite part was when the british sas team was taken out by one rogue iraqi sniper and here come two EOD guys who im positive have never fired a sniper rifle in their lives…come and save the day lol.

          • The Hurt Locker was retarded, I can’t believe it won all of those awards… Oh wait, I can believe it, since they give awards based on politics, not on the movies anymore, my mistake… :-D

            And yes, that sniper scene was the most retarded scene in movie history. Just to add to what you’re saying, the enemy was using a SVD Dragunov, which isn’t that accurate anyway, but somehow they were outshooting the SAS with a .50 cal M107… RIIIGGGHHHTTTT *rolls eyes*

  5. Got to see an early screening for this film, what a snooze fest, lots of build up and a few good moments all lead to a brief and disappointing ending, maybe the final version will be edited better but I found myself falling asleep.

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