Sep 13, 7:26 PM EDT

Review: 'American Assassin' introduces a new action heroFilm review: Dylan O'Brien establishes himself as a leading man and action star in 'American Assassin'Review: 'American Assassin' introduces a new action heroFilm review: Dylan O'Brien establishes himself as a leading man and action star in 'American Assassin'


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Mitch Rapp is an action hero in the vein of Jack Ryan or John McClane: an impossibly tough and determined everyday guy out to save the world.

Dylan O'Brien brings a youthful freshness to that archetype in "American Assassin ," his first leading-man role and the first big-screen adaptation of Vince Flynn's series of Rapp novels. The character is scrappy and outspoken, rebellious and single-minded, and a skilled wielder of all manner of weapons.

But Rapp is first seen onscreen as a starry-eyed lover in Ibiza about to propose to his girlfriend. Their idyllic moment is ruined when terrorists storm the beach and Rapp's fianc