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"AMERICAN ASSASSIN"
(2017) (Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Extreme
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Mild
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Dramatic Thriller: Seeking revenge against terrorists who murdered his fiancée, a young man joins the CIA as a special agent trained by an experienced veteran.
PLOT:
Eighteen months after terrorists gunned down him and killed his fiancée along with many other innocent victims, former grad student Mitch Rapp (DYLAN O'BRIEN) is determined to get revenge. Having become proficient with weapons and martial arts, he's infiltrated the Islamic terrorist group responsible for the earlier attack, all with the intent of killing its leader and various members. But his actions have drawn the attention of the U.S. government and specifically CIA Deputy Director of Counterterrorism Irene Kennedy (SANAA LATHAN) who believes he could be a valuable asset to the agency and her team. Accordingly, she delivers him to the remote training facility run by ex-Navy SEAL Stan Hurley (MICHAEL KEATON). Along with the likes of fellow trainee Victor (SCOTT ADKINS), Mitch learns the ropes from the best, although his lack of discipline and propensity to not follow orders doesn't fully sit well with Stan.

Nonetheless, with an amount of Russian plutonium now missing, Stan has no choice but to put him and Victor into motion in hopes of stopping terrorists -- and specifically Iranian arms dealer Sharif (KHALID LAITH) -- from getting his hands on the material, having a bomb made, and using that somewhere in the world. Joined by field agent Annika (SHIVA NEGAR), Stan and his small team set out to find and stop Sharif, but they're unprepared for the unexpected appearance of one of Stan's former protégés, Ronnie, a.k.a. "Ghost" (TAYLOR KITSCH), who's since gone rogue and seems to be involved with the missing plutonium. From that point on, the small team does what it can to stop a nuke from being built and delivered, all while Mitch continues on his personal vendetta quest to kill terrorists and thus avenge his fiancée's murder.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Those who are fans of the novel on which this is based, hard-hitting action films or anyone in the cast might show some interest.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity.


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