American Made

Cert: 15 Runtime: 115 mins Director: Doug Liman Cast: Tom Cruise, Dohmnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Caleb Landry Jones and  Jesse Plemons

The CIA. The White House. Pablo Escobar. One Man Played Them All

After the epic fail Tom Cruise had with The Mummy a few months ago, Tom Cruise has returned with American Made. It really came under the radar for a lot of people. American Made was one of the top scripts from the Blacklist in 2014, and went from a Ron Howard project to Doug Liman of Edge.of.Tomorrow fame. The trailer made it look entertaining but is it? So what is American Made all about? Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House.

American Made is thrilling, fun and OTT! This is a relentlessly energised and seriously fun examination of the true life story of Barry Seal. Liman and Cruise took a gamble and went for something different other than an awards baiting or dialogue heavy expose has paid off hugely, with American Made easily becoming one of the year’s most purely fun and enjoyable rides. This is a very different kind of biopic and that’s what makes it exciting. Liman really brings out the flare here, he brings a dynamic look to the film. The action sequences are thrilling, the air-plane scenes are pretty intense acrobatic ballets. The film’s story is not only engaging but also witty and hilarious. There are hardly any stagnant moments so the probability of you getting bored is very low. At one point you will question is anything else going to happen? Just planes, drugs and trying to launder money….well it does improve. Cruise’s natural talents for comedy and when mixed with his easy going charisma that has made him such a beloved acting figure, Seal offers Cruise one of his best and most interesting roles in his long and varied career.

7.9/10

 

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