‘American Made’ Evaluate: Tom Cruise Shines In Genuine Story

Reunited with “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman, Cruise plays Barry Seal, a slightly bored commercial airline pilot who is unexpectedly recruited by a creepy CIA operative (Domhnall Gleason) to fly covert reconnaissance missions in Central America.
(CNN) Tom Cruise needed a win after “The Mummy” unraveled, and he gets one with “American Made” — a clever, truth-is-stranger-than-fiction dark comedy about a TWA pilot who wound up embroiled in the Iran-contra affair, and in bed with everyone from the CIA to Pablo Escobar’s drug cartel.
But “American Made” wraps its story in a wryly comic take, reveling in an absurdity and excess that hews closer to “Charlie Wilson’s War” than “Scarface” or its current cousin, the Netflix series “Narcos,” with which this movie overlaps.
Soon enough, Seal is running a classic shell company (the initials are IAC), and has hooked up with the Medellin cartel, earning millions ferrying kilos of coke into the U.S.
Like a lot of movies about the cocaine boom of the late 1970s and ’80s, this one features a stratospheric rise, with money oozing from every pore, followed by the inevitable hangover.

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