AMERICAN MADE (2017) MOVIE REVIEW

AMERICAN MADE (2017)

Score: B+

Rating: R with a running time of 115 minutes

THIS IS A NO SPOILER REVIEW!

Tom Cruise is a Hollywood movie star. He is just so good up on the silver screen. He is one handsome actor who has aged so well, and has not lost one ounce of his charisma. And unlike THE MUMMY — he was handed a pretty good script written by Gary Spinelli. Credit great cinematography from Cesar Charlone.

Credit also goes to the film’s director Doug Liman (EDGE OF TOMORROW) for a film based on a true story. Or is it a true story? Or are only parts of the movie actually true?

The Millennial moviegoers may be shocked to learn that Donald Trump is not the first American President to lie to us. Ronald Reagan and what was called in the late 1970’s “his band of liars” — are front and center in this film. Immediately following the screening earlier this week, a group of local film critics were arguing about the accuracy of the story. There have been a lot of the non-fiction articles and books published over the years. Perhaps a key to why this film may have been directed by Doug Liman is the fact that his father, Arthur L. Liman — was the Chief Counsel to the Senate Committee during the 1987 Iran Contra Investigation.

Mr. Cruise plays Barry Seal, a an international hustler and TWA pilot who was recruited by the CIA to run one of the largest and most significant covert operations in U.S. history.

Mr. Cruise is joined by cast members Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones and Jayma Mays.

Trust me. When the film is over you will have your own argument as to how heavily fictionalized AMERICAN MADE truly is. It is obvious that Tom Cruise was attracted to the role because he could do most of his own flying. He loves his stunts. Bottom line: To me, the film was fast paced and a lot of fun.


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