American Star

An assassin on a final assignment in Fuerteventura, to kill a man he has never met. When his target is delayed, he finds himself drawn to the island, people and a ghostly shipwreck. Instead of following protocol he stays. But when the target returns, the world has shifted. Before everything was simple, now nothing is.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 107 minutes
  • Genre: Mystery, Thrillers
  • Stars: Fanny Ardant, Andrés Gertrúdix, Thomas Kretschmann, Adam Nagaitis, Ian McShane, Nora Arnezeder, Sabela Arán
  • Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego
  • jtindahouse - 23 April 2024
    Nothing to see here
    How boring could a movie about a hitman possibly be? It's like 'American Star' set out with that goal in mind. This movie has no hook. It has nothing to keep the audience invested and wanting to know what will happen next. This was a painfully dull experience.

    Ian McShane is a very fine actor. He's extremely likeable and highly watchable whenever he is on screen. Without him this movie would be an absolute dumpster fire. The fact that movie was as bad as it was, despite having him in every scene, really is a testament to how bad of a story this was.

    There's very little to like here. If you're finding the movie slow and hoping it picks up at some stage - it doesn't. There's nothing to see here. 3/10.
  • npjsnape-1 - 3 February 2024
    Beautiful looking film with a slow burn.
    Beautifully shot film with a great slow arc to a harsh climax.

    Ian mcshane delivers a very understated performance but that's the point of his character, a man who shouldn't be noticed too much but can't help interacting with fellow islanders.

    It reminds me of The Hit with Tim Roth, Terence Stamp and John Hurt.

    The scenery is stunning, the performances are all brilliant, and a soothing score fills the film nicely.

    Don't watch if you want a good paced film where lots happen in quick succession.

    The female co-star is fantastic in her role and oozes charm when around mcshane.

    A really great film, and one I'll watch again.
  • panzer17 - 28 January 2024
    Excellent, ingenious and intriguing
    Nowadays, when all pretense thrillers are forged on the repetitive formula, this excellent argument works with the humane element as no other ever conceived. Forget about the usual gratuity of the "shot-punch-bomb" genre and dive into the complex persona of a mysterious protagonist played with virtuosity by the great Ian McShane. The pace is led steadily along the movie, as the landscape contributes to the crescent tension until the astonishing ending. No frills, no disposable clichés, no chance to narrative gaps. A modern classic, essential and referential for the future moviemakers generations. Great!