‘American Made’ Is Spectacular |Movie Review

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American Made is an Action/Biography/Comedy film starring Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons and Jayma Mays. It is directed by Doug Liman (most known for The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Edge Of Tomorrow). A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s”.

The movie is a blast from start to finish and had a ton of retro 80’s music, thing that I really enjoyed. Tom Cruise returns to form with some of his best work in the last 10 years outside the Mission Impossible franchise. It is a story inspired by real life events of Barry Seal, a pilot who plays a crucial role in the Iran-Contra Affair. In this film we see Tom Cruise return to familiar territory, where he makes us fall in love with a semi-good guy who does bad things, but this doesn’t stop the audience to root for him, because Tom Cruise is so charismatic and captivates us with his great smile. The supporting cast was quite good, but make no mistake the star is Tom Cruise and this film is meant to show everyone he still has it !

Always reliable if not exactly visionary, director Doug Liman has another entertaining outing with Tom Cruise, reinventing his charm, swagger and grin as tools for finding easy cash and marital respect when honest work doesn’t exactly get one far enough. I was fascinated by Sarah Wright,who plays Barry Seal’s wife, Lucy. I thought her acting was really good and authentic and I also have to admit that I was impressed by how beautiful she is. I look forward to seeing her in her future projects.Worth pointing out is also a stellar turn from a less prolific Domhnall Gleeson, whose ambitious CIA operator is equally blind, naive and brilliant, and Gleeson makes his oily presence wonderfully effective.

What I really love about American Made is that the action blends well with the comedy and at some occasions dramatic moments. I believe that this technique makes the film feel unpredictable, and instead of being tense, it becomes enjoyable. If you have watched and loved Narcos, then you will love this film as well, as you’ll get to see again some of  Pablo Escobar’s story from a different perspective. If i were to rate American Made, it would get a 7.5 out of 10. I highly recommend this film as it is spectacular !

American Made is still out, but in selected cinemas. Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

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‘Brooklyn’ – A Simple, Touching Story | Movie Review

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**Post I initially wrote for http://www.conversationsabouther.net/  **

[Contains some spoilers]

Set in the 1950s, a young Irish woman, named Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), emigrates to New York for a life with better prospects. Initially she misses home but gradually adapts to her new lifestyle and falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen), an Italian plumber. When an unexpected event hits her family, Lacey decides to come back to Ireland for a short visit. Although she’s not planning to stay, she begins to settle back into her previous Irish life.

She reacquaints herself with old friends and a new love interest, played by Domhnall Gleeson, appears in her life. She is faced with the decision of a lifetime: to stay in Ireland where everything is so familiar or go back to Brooklyn, where her first love and a different life await her?

What I loved about this film is the fact that the chemistry between Eilis and Tony is natural, they actually look like a couple you might know in real life. The moments that show the journey Eilis takes to New York, then the advice she gets from a fellow traveler, are brilliant in my opinion, because they are raw, they present a reality.

Saoirse Ronan’s acting is first class: her delicate and sincere portrayal makes you think about all of Eilis’s struggles, wishing her pain will somehow ease. All in all, this film is a sweet, charming drama, with wonderful acting and plenty of touching moments. It is a splendid reminder that great stories can be told without using excessive twists and effects.

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