American Made | Maverick pilot Tom Cruise takes us for a ride

American Made _Domhnall Gleeson Tom Cruise

The CIA. The White House. Pablo Escobar. One Man Played Them All.

Breezily satirical, fact-based action comedy American Made gives Tom Cruise’s trademark cockiness and cheese-eating grin an appropriately disreputable edge.

Cruise plays Barry Seal, a skilled but jaded TWA pilot who gets covertly recruited by the CIA in the late 1970s to take reconnaissance photography of communist insurgents in Central America. His clandestine activities rapidly escalate.

Before long, he’s not only acting as a go-between for the CIA with General Noriega in Panama and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, but also running drugs and guns on the side for Colombia’s Medellin cartel as well. Dragging his dazed wife Lucy (Sarah Wright) and their kids along for the ride, Barry is flying by the seat of his pants. But he can’t stay aloft forever…

There’s a shaggy-dog feel to Barry’s escapades, and a larky charm even when things get scuzzy. But director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) doesn’t forget to finger the story’s true villains, personified here by Domhnall Gleeson’s shifty, blind-eye-turning CIA handler.

Certificate 15. Runtime 110 mins. Director Doug Liman

American Made is available on Digital from 18 December and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD from 26 December.