Tom Cruise plays a fast-living drug smuggler in a formulaic but entertaining biopic.
Tom Cruise Reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman in this hyperactive crime romp based on the life of Barry Seal, a daredevil pilot and drug smuggler. According to the film, Seal was also working for the CIA, so Domhnall Gleeson sidles up to Cruise in a bar and recruits him to take photographs over Colombia while Seal is posing as an aviation CEO. Attracting the attention of a young Pablo Escobar and his cronies who sign him up for the cocaine trade, Seal begins a triple life that’s certainly entertaining to watch.
Liman mines the story for familiar but fun comedy—Seal flees the scene of a crash on a child’s bike, covered in white powder—though it never reaches the comedic heights of such rise-and-fall classics as Goodfellas. Nobody seems to get high on their own supply, which seems unlikely, and there are other less credible touches, from Seal’s much younger wife (Sarah Wright) to his perfectly fitted ’70s shirts and pants.
By the time the film reaches the ’80s, it’s in formulaic mode. Cruise gives it his all, but it’s hard to forget he’s Tom Cruise—and difficult not to wonder if Matthew McConaughey would have been even more fun.
|Release date:||Friday September 29 2017|
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