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.