‘American Made’ Review

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Tom Cruise has paired up once again with Director Doug Liman (Previously worked together on ‘Edge of Tomorrow’) to bring us ‘American Made’, a film which follows commercial air pilot Barry Seal through his crazy journey. Can the duo hit it off again with this film? Let’s find out…

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I’m always one to not mention the plot a lot because I believe in seeing a film without knowing a lot about it. The only thing you have to know going into ‘American Made’ is that the CIA and Medellin Cartel are involved and things get complicated really quickly. The film takes place in the 80’s and Director Doug Liman executes a style to make you feel like you’re with Barry the whole ride, making yourself immersed not only with the character, but with the whole 80’s era as well. The quick zoom ins, the use of retro cameras, and the 80’s style filmmaking really helps the film with the story it succeeds in telling.

I’ve always been a sucker for a good true story but have always felt that if the performance isn’t good, the movie itself will struggle to make me care about the situation. I’m glad to say that this is not the case. I didn’t think Tom Cruise could play a character like this when I initially heard of the film, but I’m very confident in saying that this is one of his best performances. You really feel for Barry and care for his story and character wile you go along this crazy journey with him. The charisma and charm he brings really makes the film that more enjoyable. The story is very important for a film like this and in this case, it works very well. 

With a story like this it really isn’t hard to make it engaging at all, but the hard part comes in filling the movie with subplots and minor things that can affect the whole package. My only gripe with the film is a minor subplot that I feel really took me out of the film at some points, but not enough to make me feel that the film wasn’t enjoyable in its totality.

‘American Made’ is a wild, stylized ride from start to finish. Liman’s direction and Cruise’s performance make this film an entertaining one, but some dragging and a minor subplot detracts a bit from the whole package. –Kenneth Colon

GRADE: 8/10

‘American Made’ Is now playing in theaters everywhere.

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.

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