Colom­bian joy ride a thriller

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Amer­i­can Made (MA15+) Re­view: Ash­wini Saseedaran

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.

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