Culture, Film

American Made

Based loosely on a true story, Tom Cruise plays Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, who is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the growing communist threat in Central America. Seal finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in US history. The operation starts the beginning of the Medellin cartel and it nearly brings down the Reagan Administration.

American Made is directed by Doug Liman, it also stars Sarah Wright who plays Barry’s beautiful wife. Along with Domhnall Gleeson who plays a career aspiring CIA agent and Barry’s contact.

The story is interesting, enticing and well crafted. It contains a great balance of highs (dodging bullets, and convert meetings with the cartel) and lows (impact his work has on his family life). However, Tom Cruise’s performance does distract from the plot at times, with typical Tom Cruise activities: running fast, smiling handsomely and hurtling fast in cars and planes throughout the movie. But if you can tolerate this, it is well worth the watch!

The story is simply captivating, charming and well written, well directed and contains a well-defined plot structure. Part-thriller, part crime story, part comedy, this film is remarkable story telling. It provides some very intense action, a great music soundtrack and a lively sense of fun. The film is enjoyable and all the characters are layered and interesting.

There is enough in here for everyone to enjoy. One of Tom Cruise’s more memorable roles, and the best he has done for a very long time. A well balanced and satisfying film.

4 stars

26th August 2017
Luke Pivac

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