There is something with American pop taste and Drug dramas in the contemporary times, no one seems to get sufficient of it. Be it television shows or movies, crime dramas related to narcotics has been running successfully in the past few years. Shows such as Narcos and Breaking Bad has proven again and again the people enjoy to watch anti-heroes minting cash every year as much as the GDP of some little African country.
Well, let us now come back to American Made starring Tom Cruise. It is trustworthy to say to Tom Cruise has rubbed off the mess created by The Mummy and remitted a stellar performance in this biographical sin film directed by Doug Liman.
Tom impersonates the role of Barry Seal, a pilot for commercial airline TWA back in the late 1970s. Barry’s temperament and talents get the notice of the CIA as they pick him for a series of secret operations ‘for the country’ that involve Seal flying at low altitude over antagonistic enemy territory and snapping pictures.
Meanwhile, a mission, the Medellín Cartel (Yes, Pablo Escobar’s cartel) picks Seal up and asks him to fly cocaine on his return flights to the USA. Seal accepts and commences flying the cartel’s cocaine to Louisiana. The CIA turns a blind eye to the drug bootlegging, but the DEA tracks Seal down. To avoid the officials, Schafer (played by Domhnall Gleeson), the one who hired Seal in the primary status moves Seal and his family to a secluded town in Arkansas termed Mena.
One thing leads to another – the movie does an enormously satisfying job than portraying the list of improbable events that occur to Seal – and he lands up in the employ of Pablo Escobar and his amigos. And soon, Seal becomes the Cartel’s primary drug mule, flying thousands of kilos of yayo into America, and discovering himself with more cash than he can ply – and in more trouble than that trademark, smirk can get him out of.
Pablo Escobar and his infamous Medellin Cartel seemed quite a few events – how could they not conceding that the story is from 80’s and is about cocaine dealing.
The director Doug Liman offhandedly switched between genres and lead characters of Tom Cruise and Domhnall Gleeson did quite a good job in making things happen. Sarah Wright playing the role of Barry Seal’s lady also has done a praiseworthy job.
All in all, we can say that this movie has all the details of a great biographical crime movie and we would love to watch Cruise doing more such movies and seldom movies like The Mummy.