American Assassin appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a high-quality presentation.
Sharpness worked well at all times. A little softness hit some interiors, but the movie usually felt well-defined and precise.
I noticed no signs of jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. The image also lacked any signs of source defects, so it stayed clean.
In terms of palette, Assassin opted for a standard mix of teal and orange. Though these hues didn’t light up the screen, they made sense for the material and came through as well-rendered.
Blacks seemed dense and dark, whereas shadows looked smooth and clear. I thought the image satisfied.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the film’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack offered a strong affair as well. As expected, the movie’s action-oriented scenes fared best, as they used gunfire, aircraft, vehicles and explosions to fill the room in a compelling manner.
The film’s pulsing score used the spectrum well, too, and quieter effects suited the story. These created a nice sense of place and acted to involve the viewer.
Audio quality satisfied, with speech that appeared natural and concise. Music seemed full and rich, with crisp highs and deep bass.
Effects followed suit and created dynamic material, as the various components showed fine range and impact. The movie used the audio well so this became a solid track.
In terms of extras, the disc mostly focuses on featurettes, and we start with Target Acquired, a nine-minute, 54-second piece that offers comments from producers Nick Wechsler and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, author’s widow Lysa Flynn, former publicist Dave Brown, screenwriter Stephen Schiff, director Michael Cuesta, and actors Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Taylor Kitsch.
Here we learn about the source novels and path to the screen as well as story/characters, cast/performances, Cuesta’s impact, action and the “R” rating. While not a deep program, “Target” manages a decent intro/overview.
Finding Mitch Rapp spans nine minutes, 53 seconds and features O’Brien, di Bonaventura, Schiff, Cuesta, Kitsch, Flynn, Keaton, Wechsler and actor Shiva Negar.
“Rapp” looks at the lead character and O’Brien’s casting. We get a few useful notes but a lot of the show devotes to praise for the actor.
Next comes Transfer of Power, a 13-minute, 43-second program with di Bonaventura, Keaton, Wechsler, Negar, Cuesta, Kitsch, and O’Brien.
This show examines the Hurley and Ghost characters as well as the casting/performances of Keaton and Kitsch. Like “Rapp”, “Power” mixes insights and fluff.
Weaponized goes for 12 minutes, five seconds and includes notes from Keaton, O’Brien, Negar, di Bonaventura, Wechsler, Cuesta, Kitsch, military advisor Joost Janssen, fight trainer Roger Yuan, stunt coordinator Buster Reeves, and cinematographer Enrique Chediak.
In this clip, we learn about stunts, action and training. It becomes another good but puffy piece.
After this we move to In the Field, a nine-minute, 29-second show that features Cuesta, di Bonaventura, Keaton, O’Brien, Chediak, Kitsch, production designer Andrew Laws, and actor Sanaa Lathan.
“Field” discusses various locations. Expect the usual mix of content and happy talk.
Finally, we find a Q&A. Shot at the Alamo Drafthouse, this fills 26 minutes, five seconds and includes a panel with O’Brien and Kitsch.
The Q&A looks at the actors and their characters/performances as well as other film-related topics. A loose chat, we get a mix of decent thoughts.
The disc opens with ads for The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Stronger, Patriots Day, The Mechanic and Hell or High Water. No trailer for Assassin appears here.
One suspects that the movie’s producers hoped American Assassin would launch the next Bourne-style action franchise. Unfortunately, the film did little to engage audiences, as it provides a cliché, mediocre thriller. The Blu-ray offers very good picture, terrific audio and a mostly interesting set of supplements. Assassin becomes a forgettable effort.