American Assassin

Action & Adventure • R • Directed by: Michael Cuestra • 112 minutes

Black ops recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) is reeling from the death of his fiancée in a terrorist attack when he is assigned to shadowy CIA figure Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to receive special training in tracking terrorists. Rapp and Hurley are then dispatched to join a Turkish agent on a mission to stop a mysterious operative from unleashing chaos of international proportions.

Viewer reviews

Lost potential
★★★★★
This movie had potential but I think Michael Keaton sunk it. His acting is exactly has it has been over the years; uses the same mannerisms, facial expressions, if you seen one of his movies you've seen them all. The story line is a stretch - riding the coat tails of movies like Bourne series. Not worth the money. — blueespy

Read the book!
★★★★
What a shame. This could have been the beginning of a great series but it just fell flat. Take time to read the books. — Dad's Pad

Excellent
★★★★★
Way better than Bond movies and Sicario garbage. Definitely worth watching. Rotten Tomatoes is WAY off on this one. — EASapps

Not very good
★★★★★
I liked Michael Keaton and the lead actor, but thats it. I thought the movie was really poorly done. Some people are comparing this to the Bourne franchise. No, the Bourne movies are a great deal better than this movie, there is no comparison. — Rambo8649

Great movie!!
★★★★★
This was a great spy thriller! Great acting, Michael Keaton always delivers! — TaylorMesa

Michael Keaton
★★★★
Keaton is worth watching he’s good. The sidekick kid however never sells. Seriously, he’s being trained by a SEAL but can’t correctly hold a handgun. Maybe that’s the directors fault? Good concept but Poorly cast aside from Keaton just doesn’t sell — bigcat9393

Not true to the book and a mediocre film at best
★★★★★
I expected some deviations from the book but this film took too many liberties for my taste. Even ignoring that and just looking at it as a generic counter-terrorism, OGA assasin type film it wasn't that great. A few decent fight scenes and some half decent characters but all in I'd gie it 2 to 3 stars. I'm a huge fan of all of Vince Flynn's novels and really hope they give this another shot with a new writer, director, actors, etc. — Zacph

Amazing
★★★★★
I don't care about these other reviews i loved it — -Mom-

Yawn
★★★★
Horrible acting... Michael Keaton did not fit the role..... candy for the eye bubble gum for the mind — Primo leaf

Good
★★★★★
Nothing wrong with the acting but entertaining and fun to watch — Greek Woman

Wow! Seriously?
★★★★
Was a good book and an absolutely horrible movie. For those reviewers who are saying its the best movie they have seen in years, do you have an address in North Korea that I can mail you my A-Team VHS collection too? You will be flabbergasted by the plotlines and acting. — TheTruth...maybe

Doesn’t follow the novel
★★★★
The movie by itself is great. I think the acting was great along with the action. However, the stories are pretty different. Mitch doesn’t get recruited the way he does in the movie and the end of the movie was way off the mark in terms of the threat that he tries to stop. I would have preferred this to have been a television series and focused on accuracy when relaying the story found in the books. But the movie was good too. — Brothawow

Great movie!
★★★★★
Don’t listen to the critics. Make your own decision about this movie. I loved it and hope to see the sequels to come. — Superman227269

a good yarn
★★★★★
Was a surprise . Good yarn. — Movie Critical

Oh boy...
★★★★★
It's good to see Michael Keaton in movies again but man oh man he should've just skipped this one all together. I heard so many good things about this movie when I went to see it for the first time and honestly I have to say that this one really did nothng for me. Literally nothing. The storyline is sooooooooo incredibly stretched and the performances are unforgivingly limited. The storyline is so generic, the action scenes look like everything I've seen in the last decade and the performances weren’t even that impressive. 4 out of 10 for just the performances, however bad they may have been. — Emerson Sterner

Good Action!
★★★★
The acting ain’t bad, really liked the fight sequences. Don’t understand what the fuzz is all about the story, RT should be fair! It’s not a Thriller but if you’re looking for good entertainment, you won’t be disappointed. — AsMarcellile

Overall, it’s worth the watch!
★★★★★
Good action, a good cast and a storyline that is worth the watch. Enjoyed the twists and turns along the way. No regrets on the purchase and feel I’d watch it again. I’ve seen better movies with a similar plot so I gave it 3 stars, which for me is at about the average/good scale. I’ve heard about how good Vince Flynn’s books are and I feel based on the material, the team did the best they could to bring the book to life. — JasonTorres_20

American Aweful
★★★★
One of the worst of the year. Almost an insult to the late Vince Flynn. Acting, writing, casting and direction. A miss on all levels. — Jbeacom

Horrible
★★★★
Terrible acting and not even remotely close to the storyline in the book. I understand artistic license and not being able to squeeze a book into a movie, but my gosh, the entire plot line was changed. — Duped...

American Assassin
★★★★★
Amazing, action compacted movie. Absolutely awesome!!! — Yssa11

nothing like the book
★★★★
Really? what would have been so bad to stick to the book's story line? Really? You had to make an American soldier the bad guy? so glad I didn't spend the money to see in a movie theatre. really wish I had read these reviews before renting for something to watch.... mad at myself for spending the money to rent. THE FILM DID NOT REFLECT THE SOURCE NOVEL - pushes a political agenda where the USA soldier is the bad guy. — Jbinthob

Garbage
★★★★
If I could rate it 0 stars I would, but I can’t. Honestly save your money it’s action is garbage the plot even worse and the ending where we just toss the nuclear bomb into the ocean problem solved was the worst ending I’ve seen in this genre. Plus it drives me crazy when an assassin can’t even grip a firearm correctly. Honestly the hitmans bodyguard action and hand to hand combat is great plus the comedy of Ryan Reynolds is a much needed added bonus. Rent that instead. But if you want to see action and the best military tactics I’ve ever seen in filming watch strike back the series in amazon prime. Never seen military tactics, action and hand to hand combat so real world perfect you could train gi’s from it. It’s too notch stuff but even a basic army infantryman myself had some of the training they did but there’s were tier 1 special forces level movements and tactics were the best I’ve even seen in filmmaking. Even better than act of valor with real navy seals in it. — Spader42088

I decided I would rather clean the cat box halfway through
★★★★
What a waste of time and money. — sai89no

Loved it!
★★★★★
Hope they continue with the series. — Scripture Tea

Definitely worth watching!
★★★★
Really enjoyed this film! So much action from start to finish. Good story line. Overall very good movie! — charliesmom23

Hidden Gem
★★★★
This movie was only in the theaters for what seemed like a couple weeks...so I went in with low expectations, but, as an action-flick escape film, this movie was very good. First hour is stronger than the last hour, true, as that seems to be almost all non-stop action for that first hour, but it's an exciting spy flick with some good characters. If you love action flicks, like John WIck, then you'll enjoy this movie. It's as entertaining as Atomic Blonde, but doesn't have the great soundtrack. — London017

Hypocritical
★★★★
If US forces accidentally killed the entire family of a Middle Eastern person, and then that person became a terrorist, we would judge that person harshly. The plot of this movie is that the protagonist's family was killed by terrorists so he then goes on a killing spree. ???!!! I'm somewhat ashamed for the actors that they didn't have a problem with this plot. Folks in Hollywood need to take more responsibility for making the world a better place and not spreading propaganda and hypocritical views. Killing sprees because somebody else harmed you is not OK no matter who's doing it. — SEeich

Racist propaganda
★★★★
I couldn’t help but point out that the writers made certain that us viewers would connect terrorism to actual practicing Muslims. Not only did they make overt questions like ‘do you practice’ a prerequisite for being ‘for the cause’ they made sure that even the one seemingly good Muslim character was actually a bad apple. I’m not sure what war these people want Americans to rally behind, it the racist message is made clear, you can’t trust practicing Muslims. — rnajeeb

good movie
★★★★★
good movie... ratings are BS — good movie......

Garbage
★★★★
Another in a long line of generic, anti-Arab, pro Israeli plots, underscored with poor acting, lousy character development and superficial political agendas. Truly a film for the mindless, written and performed by the mindless. — dturczyn

Great movie
★★★★★
It has actions for sure, and great movie with a good plot. — 1BDVET

I wanted to like this movie
★★★★★
It has its moments, but let's be honest, this plot is just plain tired... — Name_Is_Nick

Absolutely Terrible
★★★★
The leeding man looks like he's 16. The plot does not keep your attention I kept dozing off trying to watch it. Save your money! — DLGRAINGER

A much better version of what you've seen before
★★★★
While it is true that this story line of personal tragedy giving birth to unbridled revenge that is channeled into patriotic employ is not new, it is a rendition superior to anything you've previously seen. Dylan O'Brien is utterly convincing as are many of the supporting actors. David Suchet has a minor part, but he is so captivating in his scenes that you have the feeling you could easily enjoy watching him read a phone book. The special effects when the waves threaten aircraft carriers and other ships is breathtaking, truly one of the most awe-inspiring things I've ever seen in a film. The fight scenes are top notch, and there was gratefully no stupidly contrived steamy romance scenes. This is meant to be a thrill ride. It is. Bottom line: you've been on this kind of roller coaster before. So what? It's a better ride, so just enjoy! — PainJunkie

James Bond proud
★★★★
Don't expect Batman. Expect the Expendables combined with James Bond and insubordinaton thrown in for good measure. — Adderall Diaries

Worth a rental
★★★★
I actually enjoyed it, I mean it's a shoot 'em up, but it's good. — Markiemark69

Really?
★★★★
This story should have not been green lit. Very bad! I could not believe what I was watching! — Roughridersv

Sort of OK
★★★★★
It's OK if you're bored and need something to rent. — Stevepfi55

What a disappointment. . .
★★★★★
What a disappointment. It was okay, but it was like having a V8 Engine that only hits on 2 cylinders. You have been warned. — TimetoChange2020

Not worth watching
★★★★
I should've listened to the reviews. Poor storyline... — Omar2323

$19.99 is too much!!
★★★★★
Hey Apple!!!! Don't you think $19.99 for a digital release is way too much? How about a maximum of $14.99 for a new release? — OkiiKuma

not very good action flick
★★★★★
acting/story is pretty mediocre at best... — moonmycron

If you read the book, you'll be beyond dissappointed
★★★★★
When I saw all of the negative reviews on this movie, I couldn’t bring myself to believe them. I have waited for 2 years for this movie to come out and my hopes were sky high. For anyone who is a Vice Flynn (Mitch Rapp) fan, you will be hopelessly disappointed. The book was so incredibly well written and absolutely perfect. The movie is borderline unrecognizable to the book. I am not sure who signed off on the script for the movie but to put it mildly; the blew it. The characters in the book were so intriguing and multi-dimensional. But it seems that once Hollywood put their hands on this, they went down the safe, politically correct and predictable path. The double whammy in addition to the lack of character development was the colossal miss in casting. In casting Irene Kennedy, Stan Hurley and Mitch Rapp, they went 0-3. You know a movie is bad when 24 hours later you are still mad about wasting 90 min of your life when you could have been doing something productive like getting your teeth drilled. — Hghfhvugygugu

American Assassin
★★★★★
An Excellent movie, amazing actors. — Sherry's31

Terrible
★★★★
Terrible acting and generic story — 2pac the realist

Dumb
★★★★
Super dumb. Book is 1,000,000,000,000 better. Honestly. I love mindless action movies.... but this was so bad. — Caddisbug1994

Horrible
★★★★
Soy afortunada de no haberla comprado horrible horrible — alaq222

Awful
★★★★
I've read all books in the series and couldn't wait for the movie release and I couldn't have been more disappointed. It was terrible from the opening scene to the very last minute. Just awful. — Guest1923845

Generic CIA stuff
★★★★★
I haven't read the books, so I can't say if it's the source material or this movie's creative choices that feel so generic. But the film suffers a lot for being as generic as possible. The action scenes are OK, but they're not terribly compelling, or terribly well done. It's a film about killers who don't kill each other when they have the opportunity to do so. Over and over, so many times, they lay waste to the extras and stunt people, and then talk to each other. They throw some punches, slash with knives, then talk a little more. It's a decent watch though, not a total loss. A rental for sure if you're bored. — ManWayUpNorth

Good movie
★★★★★
If I had listened to the couple of negative reviews here I would have missed the chance to see a really good movie. The plot is good. Great acting. Lots of action. Great special effects.Nothing dull about this movie. I've come to realize that even Rotten tomatoes review is not or be taken seriously. See the movie, and make your own judgement. I've been watching action movies since 1957, and this movie has what it takes to entertain. — Meggie Gray Andersen