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American Assassin also known as “ Asesino: Misión Venganza,” “Ameerika palgamõrvar,” “American Assassin: Η εκδίκηση,” “Amerikai bérgyilkos,” “Amerikietis zudikas,” “Američki plaćenik,” “Asasin american,” “Asesino Americano,” “Assassino Americano,” “O Assassino: O Primeiro Alvo”

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity.

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Very Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Action Spy Thriller Adaptation
1 hr. 51 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
September 15, 2017 (wide—3,154 theaters)
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Featuring: Michael KeatonStan Hurley
Taylor KitschGhost
Dylan O'Brien … Mitch Rapp
Scott Adkins … Victor
Sanaa Lathan … Irene Kennedy
Charlotte Vega … Katrina
Christopher Bomford … Bartender
Chris Webster … Mansur Recruit Video
Shahid Ahmed … Adnan Al-Mansur
Buster Reeves … Martial Arts Instructor
Nick Cavaliere … Building Superintendent
Simon Connolly … NSA Techie
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid … Khaled (Yousef Sweid)
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Director: Michael Cuesta—“Kill the Messenger” (2014)
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Nick Wechsler
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Distributor: Lionsgate Films
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film:American Assassin tells the origin story of CIA super agent Mitch Rapp. Long before he was a terrorist’s worst nightmare and before he was quietly loathed and publically lauded by the politicians on Capital Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world, but then tragedy struck. Following this misfortune, Rapp was resurrected from the ashes and recruited to a new life in the nation’s most elite covert operations program. Now he is a man reborn with a mission of retribution, a ruthless hunter of terrorists for the CIA.

AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton), who would be the most feared training officer in the CIA, if more than a handful of people at the agency actually knew of his existence.

The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets.

Together the 3 discover a pattern in the violence, leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.”

based on the 11th book in the Mitch Rapp novel series American Assassin by Vince Flynn

  • Violence: Extreme
  • Profanity/Vulgarity: Extreme
  • Nudity: Very Heavy

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Movie Critics
…an ugly, generic action movie… a mediocre movie… painfully formulaic… pulpy, violent, gritty…
Scott Mendelson, Forbes
…An uneven thriller that would have been better served aiming for a lighter tone (and a lower age certificate). There are 15 more Mitch Rapp books, but a sequel feels unlikely. …
Jonathan Pile,·Empire [UK]
…This movie is not just badly executed, it's also stupid. …
Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
…Has big ambitions and a whirlwind script where bullets zing in Malta, Ibiza, Istanbul, Tripoli, Romania, Roanoke and Rome. Yet “American Assassin” is so close-mouthed and macho that it blends in. …
Amy Nicholson, Variety
…“American Assassin” is a preposterous, but lean and mean Mitch Rapp thriller adaptation elevated by Michael Keaton's turn as Rapp's grizzled mentor. …
Sandy Schaefer, Screen Rant
…An action film, a spy thriller, a meditation on revenge, and a story about mentors and pupils, but mostly it's a movie that loves to maim and kill people and is very good at it. …
Matt Zoller Seitz,
…Director Michael Cuesta and a platoon of credited screenwriters have dutifully checked all the usual spy-thriller boxes but bring nothing new to the party. …
Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times
…“American Assassin” is a Big Action Beats formula thriller that overstays its welcome and never quite gels around its hunky young star, allowing Michael Keaton to steal the movie out from under him. …
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
…Unwise casting choices in two key roles. Increasingly ludicrous plot developments—even for a slick, escapist thriller. Dubious science about the potency of a nuclear warhead. Intellectually lazy pop psychology, much of it heavy on the daddy issues, as character motivation. …
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Time