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 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.
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)
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.
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.
Tom "Tipul chipeș" Cruise zboară flamboaiant prin lumea arzătoare cu irizare transpirată. Dar ce proiectează o umbră adîncă pe spatele lui e o voință inflexibilă și amenințătoare; AMERICA TREBUIE SĂ FIE CENTRUL LUMII. "American Made" expune partea întunecată a Americii violent. Impresionant.// 伊達男トム・クルーズが極彩色に汗が滲んだかのような熱気漲る世界を軽やかに突き抜ける。しかしその背中へ色濃い影を投げるのは“アメリカは世界の中心に在らねばならぬ”という不退転の禍々しい意志。「バリー・シール」はアメリカの闇を暴力的に暴き出し、印象深い。