As my first post here, I wanted to introduce the movie “The American” to those who have not yet heard of it, and perhaps discuss it with those who have.
The film features George Clooney as Jack, a figure of some mystery to those he encounters. Jack is a “good man” in the view of a prostitute with whom he finds himself involved, but someone “with a secret.” He finds himself in Abruzzo, a small community in the Italian countryside. Pavel, his contact, has arranged for him to construct a weapon for another mysterious contact, an assassin named Mathilde. While in Abruzzo, Jack is befriended by Benedetto, an elderly Catholic priest, and Clara, a prostitute.
You can find trailers on YouTube.
The film was the best movie I saw in 2010 (at least for movies made in 2010), and I wonder to what extent others felt either the same or very much the opposite. I know if you went in hoping to see another Jason Bourne movie, but this time cast in the Italian countryside, you would have left disappointed. It’s not that kind of movie.
At my blog, at which I discuss some of the movies I’ve been watching, I connect (or attempt to connect) Benedict’s conversation about “love” in his encyclical Deus Caritas Est, and “hope” in Spe Salvi, with the way in which “The American” puts forth the possibility of redemption. Do check it out.