American Made review maverick Tom Cruise feels the need for speed in flashy thriller

A grinning Cruise is back in Top Gun territory in Doug Limans sort-of-true story about a bored pilot who starts working for a Colombian cartel and the CIA Youd need a heart of stone not to indulge Tom Cruises midlife return to Top Gun antics in this flashy, entertaining crime thriller by director Doug Liman, featuring Tom with blindingly toothy grin and sunglasses whizzing around in his light aircraft with US Customs agents riding his tail (to quote Roger Avary). Its based on the sort-of-true-ish story of a former TWA pilot who in 1984 was arrested for gun-running, money-laundering and carrying drugs in his plane for Colombias Medelln Cartel. He cut a deal to incriminate bigger players and claimed he had been involved with government intelligence agencies from the outset this movie sportingly takes him at his word. Cruise plays Barry Seal, competent but bored airline pilot and impeccable husband […] Read more »