American Made

American Made

(2017)

Based on a true lie.

Tom Cruise plays real-life pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the '80s in this Doug Liman-directed crime thriller.... More

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.Hide

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After a dull Jack Reacher sequel and Mummy misfire, it’s good to see Tom Cruise back with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman. Based on a true story, Cruise plays maverick top gun TWA pilot Barry Seal, recruited by the Carter then Regan-era CIA for covert op’s in Central America, first piloting a spy plane, then as a flying bag man, then gun-runner, all whilst developing a ridiculously lucrative sideline as a drug-runner for Pablo Escobar’s Medellín cartel.... More

When Barry asks if it’s legal, his CIA boss (Domhnall Gleeson) replies: “If you’re working for the good guys.” Though when it comes to meddling with South American politics, arming anti-communists and doing deals with drug cartels, good and bad get kinda blurry. The script, punchy, no-nonsense direction, frantic camerawork, and early 1980s colour scheme, are all indicators of filmmakers tipping their collective hats to Scorsese’s Goodfellas, in a rise-and-fall true-crime thriller with a morally dubious anti-hero at its core.

The supporting cast is superb, but this fast-paced, entertaining ride is focused on its protagonist. Cruise’s energy reminds us he’s not just a highly paid stuntman, he’s a charismatic lead with dramatic and comic chops. Anyone who’s seen Magnolia or Born on the 4th July knows Tom can act. Anyone who remembers Top Gun knows he can fly a plane, act cocky and grin. Funny as his Tropic Thunder turn, morally blinkered as his Collateral hitman, Cruise goes all in as Barry, and in having a ball delivers his best performance in years.Hide


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BY Jashezilla superstar

American Made shows us a relatable protagonist and it shows us his journey into doing quite antagonistic things. The writing is outstanding, the acting even more so and the style of the whole thing and the fact that it was pretty much actually real is what really makes it take off.


BY PercyM superstar

It's funny, entertaining and enjoyable.


This is a cool movie and you will be saying "wtf" throughout but in a good way


Before every Tom Cruise movie I'm always a bit sceptical cos I'm like wow isn't he getting old? Nope - this guy's still got it. The stunts were amazing, the story was amazing, the characters were amazing. It sheds light on such an interesting piece of history involving drugs, planes and lots of money.

Highly highly recommend seeing this movie.


BY BHaldane lister

A solid and thoroughly entertaining movie. While told with a great deal of humour, the film’s backdrop of true events helps to keep the plot, and action, nicely grounded (despite the flying involved, as a commercial pilot who makes a radical career change!). A much better outing for Tom Cruise (after the abysmal Mummy movie), with a good support, and spot-on period setting. While it may not quite make ‘must buy’ collection, I’m sure I’d enjoy another viewing (thanks for the tix... More Flicks!)Hide


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The Press Reviews

  • Kudos are due to Liman and Spinelli... for honing the script into a reasonably manageable two-hour romp around the Byzantine conspiracy-caper seen through the eyes of Seal. Full Review

  • A propulsively entertaining ride through the underbelly of America… Full Review

  • A sweat-slicked, exhausting but glibly entertaining escapade on its own terms, "American Made" is more interesting as a showcase for the dateless elasticity of Cruise's star power. Full Review

  • The film's loose period vibe proves diverting and mostly engaging, as well as driving its sunny-hued visual style. Full Review

  • Yes, it might be the kind of story that you’ve seen a million times before, but there’s enough pace and invention to make it worth another go. Full Review

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