American Made showcases all of star Tom Cruise’s major strengths: the charisma, the winning smile and the lovable cockiness. While the story may be vaguely based on the experiences of government informant Barry Seal, this is a Tom Cruise movie through-and-through. Every character fades into the background as little more than poseable set dressing. It isn’t that the actors aren’t good in their roles, but that they haven’t been given parts other than as hangers-on.
Perhaps the biggest surprise from American Made is the product placement connected to Tom Cruise. He’s a star who knows the value of branding and, as such, rarely allows any recognizable products in a scene with him and certainly not in his own hands if possible. So, when he mentions Harley Davidson motorcycles by name, it’s a far bigger shock than any of the plot.
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All film photos are courtesy of Universal Pictures.