Paul McGuire Grimes from Paul’s Trip to the Movies chats with the cast of “American Assassin” and shares his review of the new action flick!
Paul’s thoughts are below:
AMERICAN ASSASSIN (theatrical release) It all started on a beach in paradise for Mitch Rapp and his girlfriend as they enjoy a romantic getaway. It’s there where he proposes to her only to have the magical moment taken away by a group of terrorists. They came storming onto the beach with a variety of automatic weapons killing a majority of the tourists including Rapp’s fiancé. He survived, but the death of his loved one instills in him some pent up rage and aggression. He vows to one day get revenge on this particular group of terrorists. He spends the next few months growing out his beard and working out like a fiend. He has a plan in place but throughout this is being watched by a covert CIA group in charge of counterterrorism. CIA director Irene Kennedy recruits him to join a special training program headed by Cold War vet Stan Hurley. Hurley has zero time for young punks thinking they’re hotshots. His program is only for the toughest and strongest willing to risk their lives every step of the way. Despite being a foot shorter than Hurley’s other recruits, Mitch proves himself to be worthy of the program. A series of violent attacks pop up in connection to some missing Russian plutonium. Hurley and Rapp embark on a mission to stop these attacks, which are traced to a man only known as Ghost. -Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar -Great adult role for Dylan O’Brien to distant himself from the teen flicks he’s been in up until now with Teen Wolf and The Maze Runner. He’s not your standard action hero but your everyday guy next-door type. -Michael Keaton is a knockout as Hurley. It’s the type of role we’re not quite used to seeing from him. You love to hate the character, and Keaton is fantastic at playing both of those sides. He brings that reliable sinister sense of humor to him that makes you laugh despite the heavier tones. -Based on the extremely popular book series by Vince Flynn who grew up in St. Paul. This is the 11th book in the series but it the origins story for the character. Even though it takes liberties with the book, Vince Flynn’s estate is really happy with the movie. -Good page-turner feel with enough action and twists to take your mind off real world politics and terrorism. Perfect for those that like Tom Clancy (Jack Ryan) or Lee Child (Jack Reacher) type of action hero. -Sets itself apart from others in this genre by bringing out the humanity in its main character. There’s more to it than mindless running around chase scenes and shoot ’em up violence. Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? A slick new action franchise that has lots of potential thanks to Keaton and O’Brien RATING: 3.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS