Movie Review #2987 AMERICAN MADE.
Latest vehicle for Tom 'Scientology' Cruise to put smiling moosh all over screen in this based-on-truth tale of Barry Seal, pilot, drug runner, gun runner, CIA agent and general all round mate of all who always delivers.
Recruited by a rogue CIA operative, Mr Seal starts a clandestine existence playing off the good guys against the bad and vice versa, dragging his long suffering wife and family along for the ride.
However a few bad decisions are made and a life where the biggest challenge is where to put all the cash, comes to an abrupt end. Very long and drawn out with Cruise his usual cheesy self that was and will always be Top Gun's Maverick, playing it more in line with a docodrama than anything else although those of us around in this era will recognize the representations of Oliver North amongst others and reminisce over old newsreels featuring a chain of US presidents.
No particular standouts although Domnall Gleeson puts in a good turn as the rogue recruiter who ultimately gets the kudos after throwing Barry boy to the piranhas. Some great aerial footage including one where a plane get plonked down on a suburban street and Tom pedals off on a commandeered kid's bike.
Mildly entertaining but predictable especially when the drug lords are crossed. 7/10.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since being mesmerized by the giant screen, the darkness that went on forever & the infernally uncomfortable seats + having to stand for God Save the Queen, I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism. My favourite movie of all time is Schindler's List, one of only two movies I've ever cried in (the other was Bambi when I was 6!) & I'm a sucker for a damn good comedy; Dumb & Dumber, The Hangover & Death at a Funeral stand out. I'm also a musician and work in IT. I have 4 grandchildren who also seem to enjoy their movie excursions with grandad. I can be reached at email@example.com.