A role Made for Cruise

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Amer­i­can Made had been shot on old Arri SR-2 16mm film cam­eras, and not their mod­ern-day dig­i­tal cousins.

Help­ing the il­lu­sion im­mensely are some pe­ri­od­per­fect flour­ishes from the de­sign and wardrobe artists, and a sound­track burst­ing with 70s and 80s mu­sic that never trou­bled the com­mer­cial ra­dio playlists. This is a film made by peo­ple who ei­ther lived through the era, or at least re­searched the be­jee­bers out of it.

Their work truly shows. In support, Domh­nall Glee­son (Black Mir­ror) and Sarah Wright Olsen (Walk of Shame) both do good things as Seal’s deeply du­plic­i­tous CIA han­dler and long-suf­fer­ing wife.

But this is Cruise’s film. And for the first time, at least since the last Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble in­stal­ment, that’s a good thing. Cruise brings charm, comic tim­ing, an ap­peal­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity and an edge of panic to Seal that all seem ap­pro­pri­ate.

Whether any of Amer­i­can Made is even re­motely true to life seems very un­likely.

But as an en­joy­able, en­ter­tain­ing and fairly en­gross­ing way to spend a cou­ple of hours that won’t in­sult your in­tel­li­gence too egre­giously, we have all seen far worse. – Graeme Tuck­ett

Sarah Wright Olsen stars along­side Tom Cruise, in Amer­i­can Made.

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