American Made is a sly& funny satire about the US funded drug trade in the 80s and it features another great Tom Cruise performance. It's entertaining& funny as hell, and it's unafraid to tell the truth in an era where such honesty is derided as 'fake news'. Also nice to see a film shit on Reagan again. The motherfucker should have been put in jail.
Not sure what makes this film one of the best of the year when it's very similar to the underrated gem "War Dogs" from 2016, which was critically maligned. Perhaps it's Tom Cruise's ability to still possess a smile that will dazzle and make you think you're watching a better movie. Moreover, "American Made" is another strong entry in the comedy crime-drama genre where corruption is rampant and excess is celebrated.
A wickedly compelling thrill ride, American Made is a superb docu-dramedy about the US interference in foreign nations, and the hypocrisy of politics. Featuring sharp editing, stylish direction and an uncompromising script, this film manages to succeed where most of the genre have failed. By the end of the journey, there's a feeling of completion without ever resorting to a staged morality play.
Tom's character was the only 1 w/ any dimension. You take any slice of this movie and zero in... Tom living in Arkansas (loved the bit where the FBI agent notices all the banks), Tom & his relationship with the weirdos who fly for him, you name it... and you've got a great movie. This one wants to have it all and fails. TC is best when his co-stars can deliver as much wattage as he does. Nobody here comes close.
Of all aging movie stars who first exploded and went supernova in the 80’s Tom Cruise seems the most stuck in time. He continues to play the brash, charismatic, hot dog who takes incredible risks because he likes to live on the edge. Barry Seal is just another iteration of the perfunctory Cruise persona. Cruise’s stardom imprisons him and this film, not allowing either to go anywhere interesting. Dull and uninspired.
i can't stand tom cruise and the token wife character BUT!!!! this was a very enjoyable film and domhnall's little dance halfway through solved every single one of my current problems, world war III is not imminent and my mom loves me!