Long ago, when describing the natural allure of George Clooney, I used the phrase “Clooneyness.” It’s an apt term, because to be honest, Clooney has reached that point where I think I would watch him in just about anything. Which is remarkable when you consider that while he’s been in some fantastic films, and overall has been amazing in many of them, he never really ranges very far. He is simply Clooney. His Clooneyness is really all a movie needs to put asses in seats. Even as psychotic vampire-hunting bank robber Seth Gecko, he was still very much Clooney.
That Clooneyness is on display once again in The American, another entry in the hitman’s-last-job genre. It’s a tried and true trope, the career criminal who wants out, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be compelling. The American is directed by Dutch helmer Anton Corbijn, probably most well known for a number of music videos and Control, the excellent biopic about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. How he managed to parlay that into an assassination drama starring Clooney is beyond me. Interestingly, the rest of the cast are mainly unknowns or not-very-well-knowns — Bruce Altman has been around, but he’s hardly a household name, and Thekla Reuten was in a single episode of “Lost,” starred as the inkeeper in In Bruges, and has been in several Dutch films. But then again, that’s the kind of risk that Clooney likes to take, and I have to admit, the trailer looks pretty compelling.
You know you’ll see it. You can’t resist the Clooneyness.
(Source: Film School Rejects)