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