Colombian joy ride a thriller
A good flick should always pack a punch and American Made does this spectacularly in its flashy and entertainingly wild unravelling of events.
This 1980s biographical crime film is based on the true story of Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), a former Trans World Airlines pilot hired by the CIA to fly reconnaissance missions who then became a drug smuggler for Colombian cartels.
Cruise is a compelling screen presence, going from being a family man with a wife working at KFC to a businessman in cahoots with Pablo Escobar in his drug smuggling and money laundering dealings.
Director Doug Liman’s use of voiceover, flashbacks, animated mapping and archive footage seamlessly transitions between stomach-churning perilous action and the suave nature of Seal — his confidence always lets him find a way out of trouble.
Simultaneously working for the CIA and drug cartels has Seal up to his ears in money and illegal activities.
This is a story where violence, murder and jail time are met with fear and volatility.
Fans of Goodfellas and The Wolf of Wall Street will get some enjoyment from this adventurous life-of-crime story.
Although no real lesson is learnt, the ride is fun, edgy and thrilling.
As the gringo who always delivers, American Made certainly delivers.
American Made follows Barry Seal’s (Tom Cruise) life of crime.