American Made (Review)

Ahead of it’s Irish release today, we got an chance to check out the latest outing for Tom Cruise: American Made, think Narco’s meets The Wolf of Wall Street, you follow?

Barry Seal, is a veteran TWA pilot, who 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 over the top operation throws Seal into some turbulence, spawning the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House in the 1980’s.

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Tom Cruise reteams with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman in this no holds back over the top hilarious romp of drugs, money and a hell of a lot of flight time!
“Some of this shit is true” utters Seal to a camera as he tells his story thus far to the camera while filling in the gabs for the audience.

Cruise knocks it out of the park as the TWA turned drug smuggling pilot. Think if Maverick went rogue and decided to strike a deal with Escobar himself. Outrageous on every level Cruise brings his charm and witt to this character and truly makes it his own. Cruise is hilarious and was a total crowd pleasure at the packed screening. Giving off one of his careers best, it was refreshing to watch him play another true-to-life character and take a step back from some of his incredible stunt work seen in the past.

Now, that is not to say that there isn’t some stunt work to be had. Yes, that certainly was Mr. Cruise taking to pilot seat in many of the in camera shots. Being a qualified pilot himself, it was a breathe of fresh air to take a leap forward and have everything in camera and real. We were completely invested as there were no off-putting CGI backdrops to get over.

Thanks have to be given to Doug Liman too. Jumping back at our screens since the fantastic Edge of Tomorrow in 2014, Liman brings a gorilla like style of directing and shooting to this feature. His choice of cinematography and shots to take were extremely rare and unique to watch as almost in a documentary style fashion and who am I kidding when I say that I was very impressed with the retro throwback opening.

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Domhnall Gleesson plays the not to be trust Schafer a CIA operative that has decided to use Seal in one of the most over the top operations, he too brings his A-Game into the mix, holding his own against Cruise and lighting the room with one or two fun jabs!
Sarah Wright also joins the fun as Seals wife; Lucy. Her performance (yet minimal) gave out some of the biggest laughs — c’mon how would you think your wife would react when you told her you were a drug smuggler/CIA employee?

American Made is not only fun as hell but also incredibly tense. Cruise knocks off his acting socks in this outing and proves to us that he still has what it takes as a character actor, we feel he deserves a lot of credit for taking a chance on this story as we think not many would have taken on such a role.

With a Maverick level of flight which feels like a cheerful nod to the character, we believe Seal will be one of Cruises characters that will be talked about in a filmography spanning over four decades.

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The pair have knocked it out of the park with this fast paced thrilling roller-coaster ride that will have you wanting more by the end.

4/5 from us, it’s first class! American Made is in cinemas nationwide today. Nerd Out!

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