Anton Corbijn gave us a great biopic about Joy Division back in '07, very appropriately titled Control. And more specifically, about Ian Curtis, the front man, beautifully underplayed by English Badass Sam Riley. Their brand of dark indie rock is habitually compared to the sound of bands such as Echo & The Bunnymen, Interpol, and The Editors. But anyway, as I finish digressing yet again, another photo has been released of The American, starring George Clooney and directed by Anton Corbijn.
The film's premise is pretty simple to follow:
"Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate."
Back in November we got an equally dope photo of Clooney toting a rifle complete with a sick looking scope. Please see below fellow Tree Dwellers.
I gotta say, Clooney has one the most prestigious/solid (solid as in terrific film, good b.o. and great critical acclaim) track records Film today. he got jipped out of an Oscar with Up In The Air by bandwagon consensus within the Academy. And to see him step out of his shoes as and into the path of an assassin? Suckas... this is my Oscar Season looking-forward-to-seeing-film; and I haven't had one since No Country and There Will Be Blood. I'm really stoked that Clooney is paired up with such a minimalistic-yet-honest and raw director. PLEASE! Go grab a copy of Control and then apply those principles to this film. You'll be as stoked as I am. No dumb music tramping the drama or action, no silly lines and inappropriate content, solely existing for the studio to feel good about appealing to wide audiences.
Focus Features is THE (in my opinion which is fact) art house cinema studio, know for distributing the top awards contenders and some of the most beloved indie pics since '99. So to see this film under that banner is a REAL good sign, I'm gonna pee my pants with excitement and awe when I'm in the theater watching this.
This film will be assassinating audiences and critics alike, September 10th.
See you there.