Just like Robert Duval in "Get Low" recently, George Clooney totally carries the movie "The American" using incredibly few words.
The amount of silence in these films and quiet (some music) adds quite a bit of intrigue. Both these movies evolve and have pretty shallow plots/story lines. But that is okay as they are just well made films.
The audience at "The American" today was virtually all white, mostly couples age 50 and up. There is a decent amount of violence and some steamy sex, but I really doubt it will do well at the box office.
But Clooney is good, real good and I liked it.
Really can't tell you much without spoiling the simple movie. Still I really enjoyed this Italian based movie - go see it for sure.