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Having read the novel first, American Assassin was completely ruined for me. They changed so much of that story that it resembled the book in only the most general of themes, and tenuously at that. Poor changes they were, too.

Once again, Hollywood destroys a potential series by trying to cram way too much into the first installment. They went way too big way too soon and lost what could have been an excellent movie with tons of good source material for follow ups. Had they stayed to the original story, gone much smaller, and developed the characters more, everyone would have benefitted.

Enders Game is another good example of this, although it is much more understandable because of the length of the first book. No such excuse with American Assassin.

Incidentally, I highly recommend the audio book for a good listen. George Guidell does a phenomenal job at narration. He nails Stan Hurley in a way that few could have, I think.

Anyhow, there's my morning throne room wisdom for you all.
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Having not read the book first, I thought AA was fun and refreshing. That being said, the Bourne series stretched the first book into 3 films, which actually worked quite well, so cramming more into the first film isn't always ideal. However, it worked for me, and didn't feel too rushed. Keaton was killer, as usual.

Also, pretty sure there are a dozen or more AA books, so they won't be hurting for source material. I think it was a fine setup to a franchise that I'll actually watch again.

EDIT: I have an audible credit waiting, so I may check out the audiobook on your suggestion. +1
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I know most use video credits for these but I found a sd digital code on forums for $1 for Roman, decent movie but not a ton of replay value.
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Having read the novel first, American Assassin was completely ruined for me. They changed so much of that story that it resembled the book in only the most general of themes, and tenuously at that. Poor changes they were, too.

Once again, Hollywood destroys a potential series by trying to cram way too much into the first installment. They went way too big way too soon and lost what could have been an excellent movie with tons of good source material for follow ups. Had they stayed to the original story, gone much smaller, and developed the characters more, everyone would have benefitted.

Enders Game is another good example of this, although it is much more understandable because of the length of the first book. No such excuse with American Assassin.

Incidentally, I highly recommend the audio book for a good listen. George Guidell does a phenomenal job at narration. He nails Stan Hurley in a way that few could have, I think.

Anyhow, there's my morning throne room wisdom for you all.
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Having read the novel first, American Assassin was completely ruined for me. They changed so much of that story that it resembled the book in only the most general of themes, and tenuously at that. Poor changes they were, too.

Once again, Hollywood destroys a potential series by trying to cram way too much into the first installment. They went way too big way too soon and lost what could have been an excellent movie with tons of good source material for follow ups. Had they stayed to the original story, gone much smaller, and developed the characters more, everyone would have benefitted.

Enders Game is another good example of this, although it is much more understandable because of the length of the first book. No such excuse with American Assassin.

Incidentally, I highly recommend the audio book for a good listen. George Guidell does a phenomenal job at narration. He nails Stan Hurley in a way that few could have, I think.

Anyhow, there's my morning throne room wisdom for you all.
Having not read the book first, I thought AA was fun and refreshing. That being said, the Bourne series stretched the first book into 3 films, which actually worked quite well, so cramming more into the first film isn't always ideal. However, it worked for me, and didn't feel too rushed. Keaton was killer, as usual.

Also, pretty sure there are a dozen or more AA books, so they won't be hurting for source material. I think it was a fine setup to a franchise that I'll actually watch again.

EDIT: I have an audible credit waiting, so I may check out the audiobook on your suggestion. +1
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I read the Bible & the movie sucked
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Thumbs up.

I've noticed when Amazon has $1 movie rentals, several times the movie came to Prime shortly thereafter.

I know it's only a buck, but just throwing that out there for Prime members.
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Roman J could be Denzel's worst film ever. It's a bad sign when Colin Farrel is your strongest performance in a movie.
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Having read the novel first, American Assassin was completely ruined for me. They changed so much of that story that it resembled the book in only the most general of themes, and tenuously at that. Poor changes they were, too.

Once again, Hollywood destroys a potential series by trying to cram way too much into the first installment. They went way too big way too soon and lost what could have been an excellent movie with tons of good source material for follow ups. Had they stayed to the original story, gone much smaller, and developed the characters more, everyone would have benefitted.

Enders Game is another good example of this, although it is much more understandable because of the length of the first book. No such excuse with American Assassin.

Incidentally, I highly recommend the audio book for a good listen. George Guidell does a phenomenal job at narration. He nails Stan Hurley in a way that few could have, I think.

Anyhow, there's my morning throne room wisdom for you all.
George Guidall is the best audiobook narrator there is.
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George Guidall is the best audiobook narrator there is.
Have to disagree.
Jim Dale or Wil Wheaton are the best (co-best) in my opinion. But I'll be giving AA a listen based on the comments in this thread.
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Having read the novel first, American Assassin was completely ruined for me. They changed so much of that story that it resembled the book in only the most general of themes, and tenuously at that. Poor changes they were, too.

Once again, Hollywood destroys a potential series by trying to cram way too much into the first installment. They went way too big way too soon and lost what could have been an excellent movie with tons of good source material for follow ups. Had they stayed to the original story, gone much smaller, and developed the characters more, everyone would have benefitted.

Enders Game is another good example of this, although it is much more understandable because of the length of the first book. No such excuse with American Assassin.

Incidentally, I highly recommend the audio book for a good listen. George Guidell does a phenomenal job at narration. He nails Stan Hurley in a way that few could have, I think.

Anyhow, there's my morning throne room wisdom for you all.
Enders Game was an abortion. Such a touching book. Such a terrible movie.
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Having not read the book first, I thought AA was fun and refreshing. That being said, the Bourne series stretched the first book into 3 films, which actually worked quite well, so cramming more into the first film isn't always ideal. However, it worked for me, and didn't feel too rushed. Keaton was killer, as usual.

Also, pretty sure there are a dozen or more AA books, so they won't be hurting for source material. I think it was a fine setup to a franchise that I'll actually watch again.

EDIT: I have an audible credit waiting, so I may check out the audiobook on your suggestion. +1
I loved Keaton in the movie, and that's one of the things that angered me the most about it. They had the talent lined up for it. Keaton, at this point, would have made a perfect Stan Hurley but the script just wasn't there.

Then immediately going for the nukes? Ugh.

The wasted potential is what got me down on this flick. It really is a good series and they could have made it a more edgey Bond-type franchise. But they ruined it.
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George Guidall is the best audiobook narrator there is.
I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say the absolute best, but he's probably top three for me. Frank Mueller's Eddie and Susannah and Odetta in the Dark Tower series is probably one of my favorite performances. Guidall took over after Mueller's accident and subsequent death and he made a good show of it but it just didn't quite compare imo. Excepting the God-bombing preacher; Guidall nailed that better than I think most anyone could have. His Stan Hurley was pitch perfect too.

Micheal Kramer (Sanderson's Stormlight Archive) is probably top 5 as well. Very, very versatile voice. His wife, who also reads the Stormlight books, is good too but not as.

My list goes something like this:
Frank Mueller (God rest him)
George Guidall
Roy Dotrice (God rest him too)
Michael Kramer
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Have to disagree.
Jim Dale or Wil Wheaton are the best (co-best) in my opinion. But I'll be giving AA a listen based on the comments in this thread.
I liked Wheaton in Ready Player One but I wouldn't put him on the same level as the masters.
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Enders Game was an abortion. Such a touching book. Such a terrible movie.
True words. I was thoroughly disappointed. They put Harrison Ford in that junk? Please... Total waste of talent (and money, I'm sure).
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