Based on a true lie.
Tom Cruise plays real-life pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the '80s in this Doug Liman-directed crime thriller.... More
Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House.Hide
YOUR RATING & REVIEWWATCHLIST
BY Adam Fresco Flicks Writer
After a dull Jack Reacher sequel and Mummy misfire, it’s good to see Tom Cruise back with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman. Based on a true story, Cruise plays maverick top gun TWA pilot Barry Seal, recruited by the Carter then Regan-era CIA for covert op’s in Central America, first piloting a spy plane, then as a flying bag man, then gun-runner, all whilst developing a ridiculously lucrative sideline as a drug-runner for Pablo Escobar’s Medellín cartel.... More
When Barry asks if it’s legal, his CIA boss (Domhnall Gleeson) replies: “If you’re working for the good guys.” Though when it comes to meddling with South American politics, arming anti-communists and doing deals with drug cartels, good and bad get kinda blurry. The script, punchy, no-nonsense direction, frantic camerawork, and early 1980s colour scheme, are all indicators of filmmakers tipping their collective hats to Scorsese’s Goodfellas, in a rise-and-fall true-crime thriller with a morally dubious anti-hero at its core.
The supporting cast is superb, but this fast-paced, entertaining ride is focused on its protagonist. Cruise’s energy reminds us he’s not just a highly paid stuntman, he’s a charismatic lead with dramatic and comic chops. Anyone who’s seen Magnolia or Born on the 4th July knows Tom can act. Anyone who remembers Top Gun knows he can fly a plane, act cocky and grin. Funny as his Tropic Thunder turn, morally blinkered as his Collateral hitman, Cruise goes all in as Barry, and in having a ball delivers his best performance in years.Hide
The Peoples' Reviews
Your rating & reviewRate / Review this movie
Rate and/or review
BY visualwow nobody
Before every Tom Cruise movie I'm always a bit sceptical cos I'm like wow isn't he getting old? Nope - this guy's still got it. The stunts were amazing, the story was amazing, the characters were amazing. It sheds light on such an interesting piece of history involving drugs, planes and lots of money.
Highly highly recommend seeing this movie.
BY BHaldane lister
BY DanielK superstar
BY EBoucher nobody
I think I spent most of this movie flabbergasted- it's based on a true story which just goes to show that real life is a LOT stranger than fiction. It's a really fun ride, though- Tom Cruise is well-cast and gives a good performance, and Domhnall Gleason is brilliant and clearly having fun with his role. Recommended for a fun movie that will have you sitting there wondering WTF.
Showing 5 of 20 reviews. See all reviews