Doug Liman is a frustrating director: when he's at his best - Swingers, EoT, Bourne, this film - he shares cinematic DNA with Danny Boyle or Steven Soderbergh - that breathless, kinetic rush of a true film lover. He needs to pick his projects better, and do more of them. This is great fun, and I do love Cruise when he's in open-mouthed, why-me antihero mode.
Tom Cruise has rarely been one to disappear into a role - he's first and foremost a Movie Star, which is precisely why you hire him. At least here, portraying a hotshot daredevil with a million dollar grin who risks life and limb for the sake of America (re: Hollywood), he's more or less playing himself in his "Mission: Impossible" era. Cruise remains committed as always, but the filmmaking is strictly on autopilot.
Liman puts the camera in every conceivable position, striving for a Goodfella's epic while delivering immaturity. Who was it who said not to trust films with America in the title? The tone and fabricated events make it all the more unconscionable even if Cruise always makes it watchable. Typical Hollywood bullshit then. 2017 was a bad year for Tom.
Tom Cruise is back, baby (well, maybe) with this exhilirating tale of a pilot working for some bad hombres transporting drugs. It's the ultimate rise and fall tale of an honest man gone wrong and it leads to some great filmmaking via Doug Liman. A great "popcorn" flick as I like to call them. Definitely a step forward for the once great Hollywood leading man.
Una versión amoral del sueño americano, contada con gran energía, humor, desenfado y cierta crítica a la injerencia política de Norteamérica en el tercer mundo. A destacar la fotografía vibrante y colorida de Cesar Charlone y la fresca interpretación de Tom Cruise.
Liman always walks the line between the mediocre and fairly entertaining and when he's with Cruise he's a 100% 3-star filmmaker. American Made is a sub-Soderbergh comedic caper with a based on a real story twist that is played more for the laughs than for the policatically charged story it could've been, but what sets it apart is Tom Cruise and he's never better than when he's on Sleazy and Out of His Element mode.
Better than expected. This is a mix of black comedy, autobiography, action and about the failure all along the line of the US government and it's entire agencies to fight drug smuggling & corruption. It also shows how poisoned and morally shameless the American Dream was & still is. Tom Cruise fits well into this and highly contributes to the solid entertainment value of the movie.
The appropriate emulation of the looks and vibe of the 80s was one of the few beneficial aspects of a painfully vulnerable exercise whose lack of originality was exasperating. “American Made” might be able to entertain now and then, but it's just another vain attempt to squeeze the silly life of a scoundrel into two hours of a second-rate cinematic romp. (2.5)