American Assassin (2017) Review

American Assassin is an entertaining action flick with a shallow and predictable story. Dylan O’Brien is one of my favorite up and coming movie stars, and although this film doesn’t stretch his acting abilities, it forms him into a promising young action hero for the next generation. I would not recommend seeing this in theaters, but maybe on a plane or through a streaming service.

Rating: 6.1/10

Important Cast:

Dylan O’Brien = Mitch Rapp

Taylor Kitsch = Ghost

Michael Keaton = Stan Hurley


  1. Action

There are some very great action set pieces. The movie opens up with a terrorist attack massacre at a resort in what seems to be a Caribbean island. Mitch Rapp was on that beach and was one of the few survivors, but after the attack, he became hell bent on getting revenge. He trains himself to fight in various forms of combat and seeks to infiltrate the major terrorist organization in the Middle East by himself.


Without any professional training, he was able to do some major damage, and so he caught the eye of the CIA. They recruit him for a special task force trained by Stan Hurley. There he is able to take his skills to the next level. Before the CIA found him, he was an undomesticated killing machine, but they try to domesticate him and they perfect his skills.

This films has a good combination of gun fights, fist fights, and chase scenes. They did a good job making them mostly believable and realistic.

2. Dylan O’Brien

I have been a big fan of this guy for a very long time, and I knew that he had the skills to become an A-lister. Before this role he had a major set back when he was severely injured on the set of the third installment of The Maze Runner. Thankfully, he has recovered and is back in the action. Look out for Dylan because he has a very promising career ahead of him, especially if he starts taking more dramatic roles that will stretch his abilities.



  1. Plot & Ending

This plot is the big problem with this film. The story seemed like two teenagers were playing Call of Duty and started to think of what would make a cool movie, and American Assassin was what they came up with. The main villain in the movie goes by the name Ghost…seriously?


Ghost was the star pupil of Stan Hurley’s school for trained assassins, and then one day he went rogue. Now he is running around Eastern Europe and the Middle East stealing uranium to make a nuke. His mission is to the destroy the world, however his motives are completely unclear and poorly explained. So who has to stop Ghost from destroying the world? Well Mitch Rapp is the guy. Not the Navy Seals, CIA, MI6, but instead we are going to send a twenty year old who is primarily self trained and is driven by revenge and anger.


The film had so many flaws, but it didn’t get in the way of me enjoying the action set pieces. If you’re someone who enjoys a good butt kicking with a video game style plot, then you will have a good viewing experience. I give it a 6.1/10 and I don’t recommend paying full price to watch it.


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Alex Torres

Civil Engineer by critic by night. I am a 24 year old graduate from PSU with a passion and love for film. I currently reside in Washington D.C.

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