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

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

Doesn't live up the hype/trailer
★★★★★
Mediocre action movie with horrid cgi and an even worse plot. Great idea, terrible execution. Kills some time though. — Wastintime

Stupid movie
★★★★
So boring. Worst movie I've seen all year — Nate_steven_C

Meh
★★★★
No teen wolves. — iBryanB

Sooooo Bad!! I must leave a review.
★★★★
Yeah this was so bad. You think they would have brought at least one professional to help with weapon manipulation. If these dudes were so “professional” secret special ops-why don’t they know how to hold a weapon? These were bad actors with bad weapons training and ridiculous martial arts. Along with the Bad acting-it was just a predicable plot. Not even junk movie entertainment. I never leave reviews but this one deserves it. — Judetwenty

Worth a rent.
★★★★★
If you like spy/thriller action movies, this is a pretty good rental. — Tsinder

Not Bad
★★★★★
Nothing new here. Good action, and so much BS, in heaps, but interesting enough to keep you watching to the end. — ATMMD

Great
★★★★★
Don't listen to the artsy f@rtsy pc correct critics. This movie makes up for all the liberal cr@p, pc movies and tv that have been fed to us to us lately by the Hollyperp crowd. Plug it in, turn it on and watch the bad guys get what's coming to them. — Rockeggroll

Run the other way
★★★★
Dylan OBrien as a tough guy who with a taste for violence and revenge? Seriously..love the boy band comparisons. — New to Great White North

Buy, Buy, Buy
★★★★★
American Assassin is an outstanding movie. It also happens to be a most excellent example of character translation to the bih screen. If you know anything about Mitch Rapp or Vince Flynn you will LOVE this movie. If you don't know anything about them, and you appreciate the genre, you will LOVE it even more. Critics are like pollsters and the weatherman - they get it wrong often, but they serve an important pupose. In this particualr case though, they really blew it (those snobs!). I took time write this review because this is one injustice I can do something about. You know what would be criminal? I mean really criminal?? If they don't make a sequel here! Dylan O'Brien is a tremendous movie star and one hell of a young Mitch Rapp. BTW, kudos to Michael Cuesta. Well done, sir. Well done. — QGA login

Great movie
★★★★★
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Five stars
★★★★★
The actions on here is insane — Robinandre12

Impressive!
★★★★★
Great movie with particularly impressive fight scenes! — Kat-sites

Boring, predictable, crap
★★★★
Nothing new here. Plot from a seond rate novel. Same old stuff. Boring, preictable, etc. — steven_k61

Laughable
★★★★★
I am a really easy guy to please with movies. I hate when people are so picky. Which is why it was really rare how dumb and laughable I thought this movie was. Terrible casting. And literally every cliche from an action film in history was taken, tossed in a bag and thrown into this movie in random order. I will say the fight scenes were really good, which did make it somewhat entertaining. But I found myself laughing throughout the movie at times not at all intended to be funny. — RyanGoes2theTheater

Great movie!
★★★★
Was hesitant of watching let alone getting this movie but glad I did. It was pretty good. Not sure why they gave it such a low rating. Better than most out. — jicogujo

Just O.K.
★★★★★
Made-for-TV B-movie. Not very original and it's predictable. Rating: 2.73 stars. — Berkeley Rooster

Just Don't!
★★★★
I never read the books. I was really expecting anything, good or bad. It was horrible. Please do not waste your money. This is my first time writing a review for anything. I love movies. All kinds of movies. This? This was no movie. It was total crap. — Just don't please please!!

Mala película
★★★★
No gasten su dinero es una mala película empieza bien pero el final es decepcionante 🤯 — arcangel1979

Awesome!!!
★★★★★
Very good action movie!!! Very entertaining!!! — MariaLQS

Lots of fake reviews out there
★★★★
I hardly ever write reviews, but I’m tired of seeing so many fake reviews out there claiming how great this movie was. This is clearly an attempt to boost sales/rentals of this poor excuse for a movie. Don’t be fooled! The acting was horrible. The movie is so inferior to many others in the genre. — petekaz

If you love Vince Flynn's book and Mitch Rapp series, don't watch this movie
★★★★★
I love Vince Flynn's character of Mitch Rapp and Vince's entire Mitch Rapp book series. I am an avid fan and have re-read these books a number of times. This movie, I guess like most book to movie films, falls increidble short to caputre the strength, intelligence, discipline and vulnerability/humanity of Mitch Rapp. Nor does it effectively depict the dynamic of his relaionship with Irene Kennedy. I've been so excited for months to buy/watch this movie on iTunes. After watching it, I was truely disappointed in the Director's complete failure to recreate Mitch Rapp's character on screen. If you love the character of Mitch Rapp in Vince Flynn's book, I suggest passing on this movie. — BFitz

Great movie!
★★★★★
Awesome acting and great story line! — MichaelBertini

I tried but sorry not even close.
★★★★★
Big fan of all Vince Flynn books. This is not even close to Mitch Rapp. Good effort but no Cigar. — Watwwa2

The best part of this film was Dylan O’Brien
★★★★★
The film was OK, I enjoyed most of it, but the best part was definitely Dylan O’Brien’s outstanding performance. I certainly hope that they will develop this into a franchise—I would love to see more of Dylan’s Mitch Rapp 👍🏻 — SHN1111

Good exciting movie
★★★★
The movie had me on the edge of my seat, very exciting. I’m sure there will be several sequels coming and I will continue to follow if there are. — Polo-et

One of the best movies I seen this year
★★★★★
This movie is one that you will keep thinking how great it was after. It kept me at the edge of my seat throughout. — topdog critic

American assassins rock!!!
★★★★★
Really good movie. — Korben Adams

I Wanted to Love This...
★★★★
... I really did, but yeah, no. Look I've read all of Vince Flynn's books and loved them; his death made me sad for future reading prospects (yep I read Brad Thor, and while he's OK he's a faint reflection IMO). This movie bears little reflection to the books. The script is burdened by an uber-fantastical plot line with numerous holes; suspension of reality is one thing, but laughable improbability and outright impossibility are the order of the day here. About the only thing in the plus column is that Keaton could be seen as a plausible character despite his, um, gun-handling "skills." Indeed, had they spent 75% of the script on the training/formative aspect of Mitch Rapp rather than less than 5% the movie would have been more enjoyable and believable. Instead they destroyed that prospect by spending all of their time on the ridiculous terror plot, all while caricaturing both the bad and good guys and their respective abilities or lack thereof. Don't wast your time if you liked the books. In fact, just don't waste your time. — MHinGA

Seriously?!
★★★★
When are you guys gunna stop the freakin cliche of action american movies? Hollywood’s gettin more and more horrible each passin day — sormehbanoi

It rocked.
★★★★★
This movie delivered, and was a stellar action romp! — Watch!

Unlikable main char
★★★★
They never bother to make the main character likable so you’re not rooting for him. Movie math here is very simple and guessable. — Phandango1