AMER­I­CAN AS­SAS­SIN (MA15+) And that’s a Rapp, ev­ery­one!, US, 111 min

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The Ja­son Bournes and Jack Ryans of this world are seem­ingly out of the movie game for now. There­fore the way is clear for a younger, hun­grier, and cooler spy guy to step forth from the shad­owy world of in­ter­na­tional es­pi­onage. So say hello to (and then duck for cover from) Mitch Rapp, a can-do counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tive ris­ing through the ranks of the CIA. The most pop­u­lar cre­ation of the late best­selling au­thor Vince Flynn, Rapp (played by Maze Run­ner heart-throb Dy­lan O’Brien) needs an all-stops-out ori­gin story to find quick trac­tion with au­di­ences. This rudi­men­tary runand-gun ac­tion thriller does the job in largely work­man­like fash­ion, save for the sur­prise sight­ing of pres­tige ac­tor Michael Keaton (Bird­man, Spot­light) get­ting his kicks as Rapp’s tough old boot of a men­tor. Even if the wonky sto­ry­line doesn’t quite string you along - Rapp and the gang are chas­ing a rogue ex-agent (Tay­lor Kitsch) trad­ing in dirty nukes - a com­pletely over-the-top fi­nale will still get you over the line.

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