AMER­I­CAN MADE

OUT now / CERT 15 / 115 Mins DI­REC­TOR Doug Li­man Cast Tom Cruise, Domn­hall Glee­son, Sarah Wright, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Ple­mons, Lola Kirke

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN -

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.

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