Brian Thompson reviews “American Assassin” for The Young Folks


When movie studio executives want to pander to what they perceive female audiences want, they churn out soulless, offensive romantic comedies – recent examples, of course, include the abysmal Home Again and The Layover. However, when their goal is to fill theater seats with men, they cram their movies full of tasteless guns and explosions, which is arguably equally disgusting. Weaving a tapestry of overused action thriller scenarios without even the courtesy of a slight variation, American Assassin is forgettable, even by the standards of the genre.


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