You know I actually watched this film because the timing was right and also I had watched a very short teaser of a single scene that intrigued me. No, it ain’t the airplane crash scene, it’s the scene where he says he’s going to walk out of here and there ain’t nothing they can do to stop him. Tom Cruise’s charisma just sold me on the whole movie from that single scene. Upon first viewing, the poster looks like some kind of heist film but it’s more of a biopic documentary-esque style film of this American smuggler pilot in the 80s. Watch the trailer, if that does not intrigue you then well, don’t watch this film I guess. You might regret it though.
This film intrigued me and kept me very invested in the plot and the characters because I went in knowing nothing about the story. This film’s plot is truly a mixed bag. There are some pretty tense moments here and there, some pretty dark stuff happens. At the same time, there are comedic bits throughout the film but it ain’t exactly funny lines that make me laugh. It is just the ridiculousness of the situation being portrayed and how the main character just kind of rolls with it, come what may. Do not search too much about the plot and just go watch this film, I had such a great time with this. Somehow despite certain clashing themes, the film absolutely pulls it off and it just works.
Tom Cruise. He is a veteran, nay, a legend in the industry. We all know he has charisma. But I would say that I think this is one of his most charismatic roles ever and I cannot recall a recent film where he has really been this likable. He is the focal point of the film and he basically carries the whole film. I would say that it would have been a very different film had a different actor been chosen and Tom Cruise is absolutely integral to this version of American Made. I would say that while the rest of the cast are doing a fine enough job, none of them really have a chance to shine due to the nature of the script.
The film is also filmed in a certain way in regards to the angles and even the filters on the film, giving it that very 80s camcorder feel during a handful of scenes and just in general feeling really like a documentary of this guy’s life, albeit highly dramatized.
This is a relatively short review as there really isn’t much I can comment on without venturing into spoiler territory.