Spy movie en­ter­tains, breaks new ground

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Amer­i­can Assassin, Rated: MA15+ Re­view: Mitchell Wood­cock Rat­ing: 7/10

Spy movies are ar­guably a worn-out genre that has been dom­i­nated by the likes of Tom Cruise and the var­i­ous James Bonds for far too long.

Yet Amer­i­can Assassin brings a re­fresh­ing, dif­fer­ent take on the pa­tri­otic trope of the US sav­ing the world.

The movie cen­tres on Mitch Rapp (Dy­lan O’Brien), a young Amer­i­can man set on re­venge against the ter­ror­ists who killed his fi­ancee in a bloody mas­sacre on a beach in Spain.

Rapp is caught by the CIA at­tempt­ing to kill the ter­ror­ists and, be­cause of the skills he has spent the past 18 months ac­quir­ing, is re­cruited to be part of a black op­er­a­tions unit co­de­named Orion. From here, he is trained by the cold-hearted and deadly Stan Hurly (Michael Keaton), who de­spises Rapp be­cause he be­lieves his only mo­ti­va­tion is to get re­venge and not for the pa­tri­otic pur­poses of sav­ing the good old US of A.

I ex­pected the movie to follow the plot­line of Rapp finds ter­ror­ist and gets his re­venge and we all live hap­pily ever after.

So I was sur­prised when Hurly and Rapp joined forces with dou­ble-agent Annika (Shiva Ne­gar) to try to stop the mys­te­ri­ous Ghost, who was build­ing a nu­clear bomb for the Ira­ni­ans.

There is barely a men­tion of the other ter­ror­ists, and in­stead we are left won­der­ing who Ghost is and why he seems to have a con­nec­tion with Hurly (al­though it quickly be­comes ob­vi­ous).

The movie of­fers some fan­tas­tic fight scenes, in­clud­ing the cli­max — a fight be­tween Rapp and Ghost.

Pic­ture: Chris­tian Black/Lion­s­gate via AP

Michael Keaton is im­pres­sive as the cold-hearted men­tor Stan Hurly in Amer­i­can Assassin.

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