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"American Made" Review

Updated on September 8, 2017

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American Made Poster
American Made Poster

Plot and Cast

In the late 1970s, Barry Seal is a pilot for commercial airline TWA. A CIA agent contacts him and asks him to fly clandestine reconnaissance missions for the CIA over South America using a small plane with cameras installed. Seal accepts. Pablo Escobar abducts Barry and makes him an offer he can't refuse. Soon he begins play the CIA and Pablo making more money then he ever dreamed. But things soon turn to the worst.

  • Tom Cruise as Barry Seal
  • Sarah Wright as Lucy Seal
  • Domhnall Gleeson as Monty Schafer
  • Jayma Mays as Dana Sibota
  • Jesse Plemons as Sheriff Downing


There are some true story's that should never be told, never be made to film, but this is not one of those story's this is a story you should know about.

American Made is a true story based on the life of Barry Seal between 1977 and 1986. This involves all dealing with TWA, CIA, Medellin Cartel and The White House. In whole this is a staggering film, how his life is portrayed and the way the story unfolds is astonishing.

The way the film is done is going forward and backwards. The whole film progresses forward with the timeline, but some bits show Barry in years to come, which makes the film lead up to these moments. This makes the film more interesting as you are still waiting for the gaps to be filled in, and the moments to progress. The family aspect is done superbly as there are many different reasons his wife is with him and will she leave him? This adds a more complex angle on the story and one that can be strained and explored.

The thing that makes the film is that you are enticed by Barry, you can see why he makes these decisions, what he does and why. You think to yourself I might have done that if that was me, but then again maybe I wouldn't. In the end though you have to ask yourself is all the money i the world and an adventure of a lifetime, really worth it? It also begs the question who is the real bad guy Barry Seal or the CIA?

Barry Seal
Barry Seal
True Story
Idolizing a Criminal
Story Telling


The best thing about this film is that it is a true story and it does remind you. True stories also makes a film better, makes you expect things that might not happen and also keeps you on the edge. The was the film was presented and presented as a true story make the whole film more drawing.

As I said before the story was done really well, it was also moving forward and being presented well. The story is very moving and affects the audience in an emotional way, which I think is really good and makes the audience feel like they are getting involved.

Also the setting, story and time is serious there are some very funny moments in this film. Barry is a very funny guy and does like to play around, even though he is very smart and actually does know what he is doing.

Near the end of the film there is a moment where it affect today. They look back at what happened in the film and link it with today. This I feel was amazing seeing how all of this has affected our way of life today but mainly Mexico and America.


One of the big uproars about true story is some are about criminals. This is one of those film and although you like Barry, understand what he is doing, feel for him, but in the end he is a criminal. He made hundreds of million on other peoples suffering, family's ruin, people dead. life torn apart but this is not explored and I think it should as at the end you feel like you are idolizing a criminal.

The passing was a little off for me. The beginning was slow to start, there was a lot to be introduced too but this affected the pacing a lot. If they added a few extra fast passed moments then it would have been better. Even one moment after twenty-twenty five minutes would have sufficed.

Barry Seal
Barry Seal


Tom Cruise is excellent in this role, it is generally an excellent film. If you saw this film you would not be disappointed and even though Tom is the only real big name you will still love the cast and other characters.

American Made - 8.4

© 2017 NicholasWest


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      James 7 months ago

      Great review. Keep it up and I might just go see American Made now.