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Tom Cruise plays real-life pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the '80s in this Doug Liman-directed crime thriller. More

Tom Cruise plays real-life pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the '80s in this Doug Liman-directed crime thriller.

Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House.

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Directed by Doug Liman ('Edge of Tomorrow', 'The Bourne Identity', 'Swingers')

Starring Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Sarah Wright, Lola Kirke, Jesse Plemons, Connor Trinneer, Caleb Landry Jones

Rated MA15+, Strong coarse language | 1:55 | Crime, Thriller |

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By Adam-Fresco

After a dull Jack Reacher sequel and Mummy misfire, it’s good to see Tom Cruise back with Edge of Tomorrow... Read more

After a dull Jack Reacher sequel and Mummy misfire, it’s good to see Tom Cruise back with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman. Based on a true story, Cruise plays maverick top gun TWA pilot Barry Seal, recruited by the Carter then Regan-era CIA for covert op’s in Central America, first piloting a spy plane, then as a flying bag man, then gun-runner, all whilst developing a ridiculously lucrative sideline as a drug-runner for Pablo Escobar’s Medellín cartel.

When Barry asks if it’s legal, his CIA boss (Domhnall Gleeson) replies: “If you’re working for the good guys.” Though when it comes to meddling with South American politics, arming anti-communists and doing deals with drug cartels, good and bad get kinda blurry. The script, punchy, no-nonsense direction, frantic camerawork, and early 1980s colour scheme, are all indicators of filmmakers tipping their collective hats to Scorsese’s Goodfellas, in a rise-and-fall true-crime thriller with a morally dubious anti-hero at its core.

The supporting cast is superb, but this fast-paced, entertaining ride is focused on its protagonist. Cruise’s energy reminds us he’s not just a highly paid stuntman, he’s a charismatic lead with dramatic and comic chops. Anyone who’s seen Magnolia or Born on the 4th July knows Tom can act. Anyone who remembers Top Gun knows he can fly a plane, act cocky and grin. Funny as his Tropic Thunder turn, morally blinkered as his Collateral hitman, Cruise goes all in as Barry, and in having a ball delivers his best performance in years.

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THE PEOPLE’S REVIEWS (35 Ratings, 20 Reviews)
Tom Cruise you're killing it. 5/5 stars.

By visualwow

Before every Tom Cruise movie I'm always a bit sceptical cos I'm like wow isn't he getting old? Nope - this guy's still got it. The stunts were amazing, the... Read more

Before every Tom Cruise movie I'm always a bit sceptical cos I'm like wow isn't he getting old? Nope - this guy's still got it. The stunts were amazing, the story was amazing, the characters were amazing. It sheds light on such an interesting piece of history involving drugs, planes and lots of money. Highly highly recommend seeing this movie. Hide
Take care...as items may drop from overhead! 3/5 stars.

By BHaldane

A solid and thoroughly entertaining movie. While told with a great deal of humour, the film’s backdrop of true events helps to keep the plot, and action,... Read more

A solid and thoroughly entertaining movie. While told with a great deal of humour, the film’s backdrop of true events helps to keep the plot, and action, nicely grounded (despite the flying involved, as a commercial pilot who makes a radical career change!). A much better outing for Tom Cruise (after the abysmal Mummy movie), with a good support, and spot-on period setting. While it may not quite make ‘must buy’ collection, I’m sure I’d enjoy another viewing (thanks for the tix Flicks!) Hide
Tom Cruise is back in business 3/5 stars.

By DanielK

Director Doug Liman is having almost too much fun here, using every directorial trick in his considerable arsenal to keep American Made sparking along for as... Read more

Director Doug Liman is having almost too much fun here, using every directorial trick in his considerable arsenal to keep American Made sparking along for as long as possible. Even so, the film would disperse like so much vapour in the wind if not for an in-form Tom Cruise – his terrific performance can’t quite get the movie all the way to the finish line (it runs out of puff about fifteen minutes before the end), but it’s not through the lack of effort. Aside from that slight dip at the end, American Made is a tremendously fun ride, and if the plethora of jaw-dropping, true-to-life details can’t quite disguise the fact that you’ve seen this type of rise-and-fall cautionary tale many times before, Liman and Cruise’s unflagging energy keeps the enjoyment factor high. The Mummy already seems like a distant memory. Hide
You couldn't make it up 4/5 stars.

By EBoucher

I think I spent most of this movie flabbergasted- it's based on a true story which just goes to show that real life is a LOT stranger than fiction. It's a... Read more

I think I spent most of this movie flabbergasted- it's based on a true story which just goes to show that real life is a LOT stranger than fiction. It's a really fun ride, though- Tom Cruise is well-cast and gives a good performance, and Domhnall Gleason is brilliant and clearly having fun with his role. Recommended for a fun movie that will have you sitting there wondering WTF. Hide
No dull moments - an on the go movie 4/5 stars.

By MariaC

I really enjoyed this - funny moments and a bit of action. Quite a bit going on within the story so you'll need to pay attention! Not the usual Tom Cruise... Read more

I really enjoyed this - funny moments and a bit of action. Quite a bit going on within the story so you'll need to pay attention! Not the usual Tom Cruise movie. Hide
Drugs, money, Action 4/5 stars.

By Staceycoburn

An enjoyable movie based on a true story of a government department using a rogue pilot for a crazy plan. The film and dialogue are presented in a different... Read more

An enjoyable movie based on a true story of a government department using a rogue pilot for a crazy plan. The film and dialogue are presented in a different quirky way and the overall effect makes a great movie. Hide
Fact is stranger than fiction 4/5 stars.

By Nathan-Bosher

Loved this pic. Im old enough to remember the whole Contras, Escobar days and this is a great history lesson from a very different angle. Fast paced, never... Read more

Loved this pic. Im old enough to remember the whole Contras, Escobar days and this is a great history lesson from a very different angle. Fast paced, never boring, roler coaster viewing. Bloody marvellous. My wife loved it too. Hide
4/5 stars.

By trini

Saw this movie last night, starring my man Tom, expected to be good with wit but this was not his usual type of movies he plays in, but a true story of an... Read more

Saw this movie last night, starring my man Tom, expected to be good with wit but this was not his usual type of movies he plays in, but a true story of an airport pilot, that gets involved with crime and espionage. This movie has similar elements to the movie American Hustle. Hide
Tom Cruise as never before 4/5 stars.

By ginnye

Great movie. Quirky - set in 70s and 80s era. Tom Cruise not his usual "perfect" self. I rate this as one of his best performances. Great cinematography,... Read more

Great movie. Quirky - set in 70s and 80s era. Tom Cruise not his usual "perfect" self. I rate this as one of his best performances. Great cinematography, skilled flying scenes. Somewhat unbelievable at times but that what made the film good! Highly recommend. Hide
AMERICAN MADE ROCKS! 5/5 stars.

By MARIANNE01

Unbelievable!!! - You couldn't have written a better script! I'm not a huge Tom Cruise fan but I must admit he was top notch in this. A real nail biter, sit... Read more

Unbelievable!!! - You couldn't have written a better script! I'm not a huge Tom Cruise fan but I must admit he was top notch in this. A real nail biter, sit on the edge of your seat, 'I can't believe this really happened'!! movie. Ties in with the NARCO series - I would highly recommend and i would see again. Hide
American Made 5/5 stars.

By Jacqui-S-Dunn

Loved it the reason I left the USA , government lying in our face. Tom did an excellent portrayal Of Barry and the historically essence of the movie was quite... Read more

Loved it the reason I left the USA , government lying in our face. Tom did an excellent portrayal Of Barry and the historically essence of the movie was quite accurate. One of the survivors of this government boondoggle was Terry Reid who wrote the book 'Conspiracy' which covers the same government corruption by Carter, Regan, Bush, North and others in manipulating Latin governments and trade in Cocaine, this is a must see if you failed history class. Hide
The sort of role Tom Cruise should have 4/5 stars.

By flickster

After the disappointment that was The Mummy, I wasn't feeling too hopeful, but Cruise excels as the morally questionable Barry Seal, and has you liking him even... Read more

After the disappointment that was The Mummy, I wasn't feeling too hopeful, but Cruise excels as the morally questionable Barry Seal, and has you liking him even if you don't want to. A definite return to form and a great movie. Hide
Almost Unbelievable 4/5 stars.

By Richard-Melton

Definitely worth watching. Good Tom Cruise movie which keeps your attention wondering 'what going to happen next?' and hard to believe its based on a true... Read more

Definitely worth watching. Good Tom Cruise movie which keeps your attention wondering 'what going to happen next?' and hard to believe its based on a true story. Hide
FANTASTIC FLICK 3/5 stars.

By albabe

Great acting by Tom Cruise. Fab movie. Rating: 8 out of 10

Great acting by Tom Cruise. Fab movie. Rating: 8 out of 10 Hide
What a ride!!!!!!! 5/5 stars.

By Cori

Fantastic movie! Like being on a roller-coaster ride! Most convincing performance by Tom Cruise in a long time. The storyline felt implausible, but it's... Read more

Fantastic movie! Like being on a roller-coaster ride! Most convincing performance by Tom Cruise in a long time. The storyline felt implausible, but it's apparently based on a true story. Direction, musical scoring, and cinematography were excellent. The colours of the 80s permeated everything from opening to closing credits. Bursts of humour relieved the tension. Cruise played a very cool maverick with nerves of steel. Couldn't believe he also did all the airplane stunts. The movie also shed some light on the Contra scandal and the behind-the-scenes work of the CIA, along with some of the bumbling decisions of the government at the time. Now I know what a drug smuggler does with an overwhelming waterfall of cash - stash it, bury it, pack it into suitcases, and open new banks! Riveting movie. Would love to watch it again! Hide
Funny and entertaining, great watch! 4/5 stars.

By tsan479

Tom Cruise is great in this movie. The script is well written and unpredictable. Thoroughly entertained for the whole movie!

Tom Cruise is great in this movie. The script is well written and unpredictable. Thoroughly entertained for the whole movie! Hide
Entertaining but could have been better 3/5 stars.

By Peter-Oleary

This is an interesting movie, not sure Tom Cruise if the right actor for the role , if you compare to movie like Gold with Matthew McConaughey... if you... Read more

This is an interesting movie, not sure Tom Cruise if the right actor for the role , if you compare to movie like Gold with Matthew McConaughey... if you enjoyed Narcos you will like this...but the acting and script although colourful really falls a bit flat..... Hide
A ripping yarn, somewhat based on a true story 4/5 stars.

By seismicscot

An entertaining ride of a film. Tom Cruise don't what he does best; making a questionable character likeable and having a good time with it. The underlying... Read more

An entertaining ride of a film. Tom Cruise don't what he does best; making a questionable character likeable and having a good time with it. The underlying story of the USA's nefarious deeds in South and Central America is well-known, but the little asides in this film take the edge off the dastadly notion of 'nation-building' and 'commie bashing'. If you ignore the historical inaccuracies this is an enjoyable two hours. Hide
Great film - totally bonkers. 4/5 stars.

By MattB

This film is a fantastic film from start to finish. Based on a true story, it falls in the category "truth is stranger than fiction". You just can't make this... Read more

This film is a fantastic film from start to finish. Based on a true story, it falls in the category "truth is stranger than fiction". You just can't make this stuff up. It just gets crazier and crazier. Tom Cruise is great. The film is fun. Go see it. Hide
Made for Entertainment 3/5 stars.

By BecsNZ

A highly entertaining "true" story featuring Tom Cruise in the sort of role he excels at - skating by on his charm. The story is a little choppy, jumping from... Read more

A highly entertaining "true" story featuring Tom Cruise in the sort of role he excels at - skating by on his charm. The story is a little choppy, jumping from one ludicrous adventure to another, but the bright colour palette and fun period details make for a diverting movie-going experience. Hide
CRITICS REVIEW
Hollywood Reporter

Kudos are due to Liman and Spinelli... for honing the script into a reasonably manageable two-hour romp around the Byzantine conspiracy-caper seen through the... Read more

Kudos are due to Liman and Spinelli... for honing the script into a reasonably manageable two-hour romp around the Byzantine conspiracy-caper seen through the eyes of Seal. Hide
FilmInk (Australia)

A propulsively entertaining ride through the underbelly of America…

A propulsively entertaining ride through the underbelly of America… Hide
Variety (USA)

A sweat-slicked, exhausting but glibly entertaining escapade on its own terms, "American Made" is more interesting as a showcase for the dateless elasticity of... Read more

A sweat-slicked, exhausting but glibly entertaining escapade on its own terms, "American Made" is more interesting as a showcase for the dateless elasticity of Cruise's star power. Hide
Screen International

The film's loose period vibe proves diverting and mostly engaging, as well as driving its sunny-hued visual style.

The film's loose period vibe proves diverting and mostly engaging, as well as driving its sunny-hued visual style. Hide
Sydney Morning Herald

This is an unusual film, and I would love to know how it got financed.

This is an unusual film, and I would love to know how it got financed. Hide
Total Film (UK)

Yes, it might be the kind of story that you’ve seen a million times before, but there’s enough pace and invention to make it worth another go.

Yes, it might be the kind of story that you’ve seen a million times before, but there’s enough pace and invention to make it worth another go. Hide
Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

An enjoyable, entertaining and fairly engrossing way to spend a couple of hours that won't insult your intelligence too egregiously...

An enjoyable, entertaining and fairly engrossing way to spend a couple of hours that won't insult your intelligence too egregiously... Hide
Little White Lies (UK)

A forgettable flight of fantasy.

A forgettable flight of fantasy. Hide
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