Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were eengaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East
American Assassin at times has the necessary ingredients to make it the kind of fun, pulpy political thriller/action movie that audiences feasted on in the 1990s, but it manages to forget to have any fun at all along the way. While there’s certainly franchise potential in O’Brien’s Mitch Rapp (and make no mistake, that’s exactly what the studio is hoping for), American Assassin seems unlikely to get that particular hope off the ground.