Did anyone see The American? I was impressed by it. Not as flashy as Clooney's recent movies have been, because quietness is a basic part of the picture being built.


Right at the beginning, Clooney's character (an assassin) cold-bloodedly kills a woman he'd been making love to only moments before, thus effectively destroying any empathy for the character before it has time to build. That's important, because when you see how capable a man he is, the temptation to be on his side is quite strong. The movie doesn't go for suspense but for quietly building tension instead. Sparse dialogue, see-everything photography, toned-down action. About as different from Salt as you can imagine and a thousand times better.