39- The American [4.0]
As an assassin, Jack is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact.
Anton Corbijn is an exceptional photographer. His debut film Control was a beautifully shot biopic about Ian Curtis and Joy Division. The American is also a pleasure to look at, but it is awfully boring to watch. I’m not sure if it’s writer Rowan Joffé or author Martin Booth’s (whose book the movie is based on) fault, but they waited entirely too long to get the audience invested in the protagonist. Regardless, it is my hope that Corbijn can find the right material that doesn’t feel like such a chore.