Welcome to our second on-going series of the season; This is America. America can be defined so many ways… through its people, through its ideals, through its politics, how others view us. Here in this series we are defining America through forgotten or in some case not-so-forgotten Films. These 12 films showcase the very best and sometimes the very worst of America. Light the sparklers and fire up the BBQ because we’re about to have some very interesting Podcasts.
Our second Tom Cruise Movie is also his second of 2017, and the second of 2017 to not connect with audiences for him. This is Cruise at his very best. The not-so-true-life story of Barry Seal, a very real person in the 1980’s who helped the Columbians, CIA, General Norigea, and Ollie North shape the political landscape of the America. Seal a pilot by trade became along with George Junge one of the hotshot drug runners importing in literal billions in drugs. Cruise in the middle of it is all charm, swagger, and the Salesmen to beat all Salesmen. In the hands of Doug Liman its part black comedy of errors and part traditional “making it in America” story… with a lot more at stake. The film manages to wring tension out of situations with no guns or chainsaws at its disposal. Think of this one as Billy Wilder by way of Oliver Stone. Don’t be too concerned with the finite facts of this story because Liman and screenwriters play very loose with the story.
Year Released: 2017
Director(s): Doug Liman
Writer(s): Gary Spinelli
Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Alejandro Edda, Mauricio Mejía,Benito Martinez, Jayma Mays, Lola Kirke, Frank Licari, Robert P. Farrior