Sometimes the line between deliberate and dull is hard to see, but Anton Corbijn’s The American
clearly crosses it too many times.
The story begins when hired hitman Jack (George Clooney) arrives in a small Italian town after a mishap on his previous job. While his boss tells him to lay low and wait for orders, Jack does his best to stay invisible -- but a friendly priest (Paolo Bonacelli) gets the taciturn American to open up ever so slightly. Jack also falls for a local prostitute named Clara (Violante Placido). When his boss finally comes through with a new job, it’s to build a very specific gun for another hired killer. As he constructs this new ...