Lee's Review: "American Made"

Tom Cruise is acquiring wealth from every side of the law in "American Made."

"Talk to me Goose!" Barry Seal's biography runs entirely on Cruise control.

(WLTX) - Barry Seal had quite a delivery service going on in the 1980s.  He would fly guns to Central America for the CIA and bring back cocaine for the Medellin Cartel.  The guy clearly found a way to profit from every organization that was out to get him.

His story is so unbelievable that it's only impressive when you realize that it's true.  Had this been a fictional screenplay, it would lack plausibility.  But stories often work best when there's a bit of irony involved.

Things just had a way of working out for Barry.  Emergency landings and treetop takeoffs were routine inconveniences.  And, when it looked like his goose was cooked, he would find a way to flee the scene!  Still, it was only a matter of time before it all caught up with him.
I could easily imagine "American Made" taking on a much darker and more serious tone.  Kudos to Director Doug Liman for making this thing fun!  I'm not sure if it did anything for accuracy - but it was enough to put a smile on the Leemoji's face!
It's not greatness.  But it is entertaining...and probably something you weren't familiar with.  Plus, whenever you've got a film that takes place in the late seventies, you're practically guaranteed a good soundtrack.  So what's not to like?
I say, Cruise on down to the multiplex and take a chance on "American Made!"


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