Barry Seal, 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.Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Jesse Plemons
Release Date: Sept 29, 2017
Genres: Action, Adventure
Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity
American Made, the second collaboration between Doug Linman and Tom Cruise, is a fun fast paced quasi docudramedy. Linman delivers a fizzy if somewhat light hearted take on Barry Seal’s crazy story. Tom Cruise is front and center throughout and he’s clearly having a great time in the role. Sporting a barely convincing southern accent, Cruise is still great. He’s the driving force of the movie throughout, so your enjoyment of the film will depend on how much you like Cruise. Personally, I think it’s one of best performances in a good while. The character is incredibly compromised and not nearly as smart as he thinks he is, so it’s a bit of a change of pace for Cruise and it works well for him and the film. The supporting cast is a bit under developed and I would have liked to know a bit more about Domhnall Gleeson’s shady CIA character but it’s not a massive misstep. A tad bit of trimming towards the end would have helped but as is it’s a strong showcase for Cruise and Liman.