“American Assassin” Movie Review


Vince Flynn was one of my favorite authors (he passed away in 2013) and also one of the first authors I followed religiously with a series. The series hero is Mitch Rapp.  I have read every Mitch Rapp book from nearly the instant it came out, and the most recent book…..one month BEFORE it came out (on Sept 5, 2017) as an Advanced Reader Copy. Kyle Mills is now writing the Mitch Rapp series.

Suffice it to say, I am a Mitch Rapp fan boy, big time (bigly?), and this movie review reflects my fandom.


“American Assassin” tells the story of CIA assassin, Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien).

On the beach in Spain with his girlfriend, 23 year old Mitch just asked for her hand in marriage.  Mitch heads to the bar to get celebration drinks, when terrorists with automatic weapons open fire on everyone at the beach, killing many including Mitch’s fiance.

The terrorists have no idea the problems they caused for themselves, but, they are about to find out.

18 months later, Mitch has infiltrated the terrorist organization claiming responsibility for the beach attack, and is about to kill the leader and anyone else he can, when he is robbed of that opportunity by a CIA hit team. Not to be denied, he goes ahead and re-kills the leader for good measure.

Obviously, the CIA has been keeping tabs on Mitch, and for good reason. The CIA is forming a top secret assassin squad to deal with terrorists without the interference of gov’t rules and regulations.

CIA Agent Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) is leading that effort and she brings Rapp to a training school for assassins lead by Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).

Rapp shines even though he is a bit of a rebel.

The movie follows Mitch Rapp, Irene Kennedy, Stan Hurley (and CIA Director Thomas Stansfield (David Suchet), even though he is only referred to as “Tom” in the movie) as Mitch completes training and is sent on his first mission.

“American Assassin” does not follow the book, and for good reason. Mitch Rapp, in the books, was 23 years old in 1988 which is eons ago in the real world, sooooooo the movie starts in 2017 with a 23 year old Rapp and a brand new story and will move on from here if more movies are made (it is up to YOU….so go see it!).

I LOVED “American Assassin” and Lori was “stressed out” (“How can you read those books????”).  The director (Michael Cuesta) understands the personalities of each main character and keeps true to what they are like, more or less.  Mitch is more calm and thoughtful than in the movie, but, maybe that will be learned as he progresses.  Irene is quietly powerful, and Stan is a hotheaded very very mean dude.  Wait until Scott Coleman enters the picture…..OMG.

This movie is rated R for lots of bloody violence (not gory) and f-words.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA Cinemark theater.


Drive Safe!  Never Forget.

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