This Thursday, premieres in the local theaters American Made, 2017, the movie in which the star of the action Tom Cruise returns to team with the director of Edge of Tomorrow, Doug Liman.
The film narrates how at the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s, the pilot prodigy Barry Seal leaves his job at the TWA, the largest US airline, to go to spy for the CIA in Central America and later distributes weapons to the “rebels” in Nicaragua.
However, his contact with the guerrillas will later lead him to work for nothing more and nothing less than for the Medellín cartel distributing cocaine in North American territory.
The 5 reasons not to miss this movie
1. Tom Cruise
What else can Tom Cruise be asked at this point in his career? Undoubtedly, more films like “American Made” and like Oblivion. In fact, this new production comes with very little publicity and with a considerable delay despite the fact that it is one of the best works of the actor. The interpretation of Cruise is like that of Darín: he makes such a character being himself (and this is said by Darín himself). However, the actor’s eternal smile, the little that is known about his character, and his dynamism are once again successful. Not to mention the skill that the artist has to pilot and that exploits to the maximum most of the time.
Maybe the name of Doug Liman does not mean anything to the average viewer, but by naming “Edge of Tomorrow”, things have changed. Liman is able to take a more linear story – a spy novel like “The Bourne Identity”, for example – and transform it completely with dynamism and action. In American Made, the formula is the same and the director gives the film an MTV style video clip aesthetic and complements it with aerial scenes of very good manufacture, thanks to the qualities of Cruise.
Like any good eighties (and seventies) film, this film has a soundtrack that alternates rock with typical Latin themes to set the scenes in Central America. There are themes of Hot Chocolate (Sexy Thing), Talking Heads (Slippery People) and even George Harrison (Wah Wah) among many artists that make the music of this film one of the most colorful of the year.
4. The edition
If there is something that adds many points to the film is the edition, which here ran on behalf of Andrew Mondshein. The work in this field is literally beautiful because in order not to get bored with a film that has many dialogues, Mondshein moves things all the time. When there is a discussion scene, the camera goes from one side to the other; When a counting scene is coming, different types of shooting are shown. The constant change of planes is a very important feature of Tom Cruise’s American Made and not to mention the homemade recordings in which the protagonist is telling the events that led him to become a sort of Youtuber of the CIA.
5. The ironic look of American politics
The contrast between the foreign policies of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan leave exposed the diverse positions of the North Americans with respect to this subject. Recordings of the speeches and press conferences of both presidents are interspersed as separators between the chapters that make up the policy and work wonderfully as explanatory documents of the changes of scenery that the protagonist lives.
Data sheet of American Made
- Title: “American Made”.
- Country of origin: United States.
- Direction: Doug Liman.
- Screenplay: Gary Spinelli.
- Edition: Andrew Mondshein. Music: Christophe Beck.
- Performers: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright.
American Made Review
At the beginning of the 80s, after serving as a TWA pilot, Barry Seal ( Tom Cruise ) has gone from working for the CIA to making flights to the Medellin Cartel, arming the Contra in Nicaragua and being a man of the DEA as an infiltrated agent.
The film portrays the true story of this former pilot who took charge of one of the most important CIA covert operations in the history of the United States.
Doug Liman made it look like a film shot at the eighties. Thanks to a great historical reconstruction, an art direction taken care of to the maximum and the fusion of documentary images in the footage, the film looks as credible as it is attractive.
Of course, the narrative structure is not what we can find in the testimonial genre, on the contrary this is an action and adventure film, which with the use of a “daily video” as a guiding thread, presents situations full of humor and winks in the one that Tom Cruise embodies a hero, very different from the one he usually plays. There is his present charism, and his moments of brilliance, but he is not an invincible agent, nor a gallant in pose, his interpretation is human and nothing imposed.
In addition to the personal adventures that Barry Seal must face throughout the almost two hours of footage, the film serves as a portrait of an era, of the United States during the Cold War and of the ephemeral that was “the dream American”.
The vertiginous assembly in which contrasting images and grain are fused with moments of pure vertigo, make the film a very livable pastime, a film that gives no respite and that is enjoyed from beginning to end. The satire of an era that shows that not all things of old time was better.