OUT now / CERT 15 / 115 Mins DIRECTOR Doug Liman Cast Tom Cruise, Domnhall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke
BARRY SEAL DID not look like Tom Cruise. Barry Seal weighed 20 stone and looked like a darts player. But Cruise plays the pilot anyway and, in many ways, is actually the perfect fit — Seal was fuelled by adrenaline, forever in search of a bigger hit and bigger stakes, and Doug Liman’s trip through his wildest years fully exploits Cruise’s own action fetishes. Hired by the CIA to take reconnaissance photos of South American insurgents, Seal was soon drug smuggling and gun running for all manner of undesirables. And though this doesn’t go deep, it’s a ceaselessly entertaining, and sometimes tense, romp with Cruise as charming as ever.