'American Assassin' Review: Why This By-the-Numbers Spy Thriller Works

There are film snobs who like to feel superior to meat-and-potatoes action thrillers, favoring only art films meant to be deconstructed over high tea. They can screw off. My feeling is when gung-ho escapism is dished out with the enthusiasm and expertise of American Assassin, why resist? Directed by Michael Cuesta, a filmmaker with indie bonafides (L.I.E., Kill the Messenger), American Assassin is the first film adapted from the 12 novels that the late Vince Flynn wrote about Mitch Rapp, a counter-terrorism agent doing black ops for the CIA.

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