American Made Review: Drug Running Made Appealing

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Why is it that the life of criminals on the big screen often looks so glamorous? Barry Seal’s high flying life of luxury and danger is retold in American Made.

You can’t help but be a little envious of Tom Cruise’s Barry Seal. He has a gorgeous wife, a loving family and more mountains of cash than you can shake a stick at. It wasn’t always the case for him though and as his story kicks off in 1987 American Made relives the most exciting years of his life.

Barry has skill. He’s brave and has a good heart. He’s got all the components of a hero, only he’s not a hero he is a criminal in anyone’s eyes. Being a good natured family man you are drawn to this antihero. His skills and traits are matched only by his luck and good fortune, which makes his story even more fantastic.

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A boy and his toys. Source – IMDB

Working for Escobar and the CIA.

Part of what was so great about American Made was watching Barry live in a grey area between the good and the bad. He works for the CIA and has a side project with the notorious Pablo Escobar. Working for the CIA gives him a free pass; also having enough money to sink a ship helps in a lot of cases.

Funnily enough Escobar and his gang are even more lovable than the CIA. The laid back criminals are a joy to watch and help establish the light feel of the film.

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OK, so they look a little serious here but they aren’t really. Source – IMDB

American Made delivers on action and laughs.

There are plenty of laughs throughout American Made. The upbeat feel is part of what makes Barry Seal’s life so enjoyable. The progression of Barry’s career over the 10 year timeline is fun and exciting. Working for CIA, DEA and the Colombian drug lords, it seems like his luck will never run out.

Tom Cruise is good at being quite likeable (on screen). He doesn’t disappoint in American Made, but like Leonardo’s Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, there comes a time to pay the piper.

A thrilling film of a brilliant untold story. They say most of it is true which may be hard to swallow but you want it to be none the less. So yes, for a time I did consider my life of crime and glory, but only shortly…

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