For those of you whom cannot concentrate for more than five minutes at a time, I suggest that you take a pass on this movie. On the other hand, for those of you whom want to watch a movie that plays out like you’re reading a novel with a slowly evolving plot, I think that you will enjoy the flick.
If you’re expecting a Jason Bourne-like movie, based on what has been shown on the trailers, you will be strongly disappointed. The action is sparse, and at times the film moves at a snails pace. Most of the movie is played out on the facial expressions of the actors. George Clooney’s character is an assassin on the run after one of his jobs has been botched. His facial expressions convey a melancholy that is tandem with the deep alertness of someone that knows he’s on a hit list. His boss’ (Johan Leyson) ragged countenance immediately comes off as those of a liar. Clooney is given a job by his employer in Italy which involves supplying a client with a weapon that apparently is going to be used in an assassination (no questions asked). The client played by Thekla Reutern has a cat-like aloofness that also spells trouble. The Clooney character eventually falls in love with a prostitute and he expresses to his boss that this is his last job. He wants out and his boss agrees that this will be his last job (and I really mean last job.)
Without ruining the plot, I will leave it at that. During any other summer, I think this movie would have been played out at the art houses rather than for general release. But with all the lousy movies that came out this year, this movie is welcome relief.
My rating: four out of five stars.