Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia we had the chance to see American Made before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
In Doug Liman‘s biographical American Made, Tom Cruise plays Tom Cruise. Sorry, I mean to say Tom Cruise plays Barry Seal, a TWA pilot who becomes a CIA informant who ends up running drugs and weapons into and out of Colombia and Nicaragua during the 1980s.
Seal is approached by a CIA agent Shafer (played by Domhnall Gleeson) to become a deniable asset photographing communist groups in Central America using a small plane. After he’s rumbled by the Medellin drug cartel, he decides to supplement his income by flying drugs back to the USA for them. His dealings with the cartel are so outrageously profitable that he has difficulty literally storing the sheer volume of cash, and struggles to launder the money. He starts a whole fleet to take on the load. His wife, played by Sarah Wright, is more than happy to live with his crazy lifestyle if the money keeps pouring in. Liman makes Seal a sympathetic rascal, who’s using his ill-gotten gains mostly to support his family.
Definitely go and see this. It’s a fun, fast-paced movie, made all the more exciting and blackly funny because it’s based on real events. Really outlandish real events. Cruise plays his usual suave fellow, and if that doesn’t bother you in other movies it won’t bother you here. Tom Cruise, to me, fulfills in movies a role similar to Keanu Reeves: never spoiling an otherwise good movie.