‘American Made’ continues having terrific reviews (it is 92% at Rotten Tomatoes at the moment) with critics praising Tom’s performance as Barry Seal.
Cruise has more fun than he’s had in years twitting his image as an ethical action hero.
Tom Cruise (delivering his best work in ages) plays Barry Seal, a small-time commercial airline pilot recruited by the CIA to conduct top-secret surveillance flights across Latin America in the late 1970s.
Liman, who has already established himself as an action-savvy filmmaker, handles the ’80s tonal shift with deft assurance. And he is well-served by Cruise, who delivers his best performance in some time in the lead role.
Tom Cruise gives one of his finest screen performances in American Made, a film which allows the normally clean-cut star to show his delinquent side.
Cruise is on top form in a based-on-fact thriller that overcomes its familiar trappings with audacious details and flat-out pacing.
American Made sees Cruise, for the first time in what feels like years, cast exactly as the character he was born to play; an untrustworthy larrikin who, almost despite ourselves, we just can’t help but like.