American Made

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Doug Liman directs the true-life story about a good guy who does bad things in the action, biography, comedy, American Made. It’s the 1980’s and Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) is living the good life as an airline pilot with his wife, Lucy (Sarah Wright). When CIA agent Monty “Schafer” (Domhnall Gleeson) offers him a job taking pictures from a two-engine plane over Central America, Barry takes the job for the thrills. On one of the very first trips, he is intercepted by the Medellin Cartel and offered a lot of money to smuggle drugs from Columbia back to the U.S. Of course, Barry takes them up on the offer, but Schafer finds out and tells Berry that he should send him to prison. Schafer makes a deal with Barry and tells him if he transports guns down to the rebels in Nicaragua for the CIA he won’t have him sent to prison for smuggling drugs. (Hmmm, isn’t that what he’s doing with the guns?) When the Medellin Cartel finds out he is smuggling guns to the rebels in Nicaragua they tell him if he brings some of the guns to them they will pay the rebels for the guns and he can also receive a cut. Soon Berry is bringing in so much money he can’t launder it fast enough so he has to stash cash all over the place and the tension builds. This is a fun film with some humorous scenes and action that doesn’t seem like it could be part of a true story. (Of course, who knows what’s been added to make it more interesting.) This is the perfect role for Tom Cruise who looks – okay sounds – natural in this character. This airline pilot turning drug and gun runner story seem to just fly by – no pun intended – really fast and the 80’s sound-track fills in any slow scenes. I’m giving this tremendously entertaining film a B rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

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