The movie opens interestingly enough with some surprising bursts of violence. The opening caught me completely off-guard and does a great job of setting up Clooney's character. From there, we follow Clooney to his hideout in a small Italian town. We get to experience his life and learn how messed up and paranoid he is, despite his cool outward demeanor.
While in Italy, Clooney befriends an old priest, a female assassin and an impossibly attractive prostitute. The priest provides us some insight into Clooney's psyche and is generally just a great way to ground the movie in reality. The female assassin provides Clooney with his final job, which shows us how great a hitman he can be. And the prostitute is his way out of his job, to hopefully live a normal life. The movie spends its time building these relationships and showing Clooney working on his craft. The overall slow pace and focus on dialogue and following Clooney around makes the action scenes that do take place even more effective by contrast. All of this is set to an excellent score by Herbert Grönemeyer. It's sparse in all the right ways and does a great job at building suspense.
Lastly, it's really impossible to talk about THE AMERICAN without mentioning the awesome nudity. For the ladies, Clooney is shirtless and shows off his finely-toned middle-aged butt. Violante Placido steals the show though (from a skin standpoint) as the impossibly attractive prostitute and is more than willing to show the ample physical gifts she's got.
Deleted Scenes (5 mins) - A small group of deleted scenes with Clooney interacting with each of the other main characters in the flick.
Making of THE AMERICAN (10 mins) - Basic, studio-produced making-of.