American Made doesn't look like it's doing anything revolutionary, but it sure does look like a whole bunch of fun. The basic pitch seems to be War Dogs and Wolf of Wall Street meet Narcos, and with Tom Cruise in the lead role, that's a tantalizing proposition. This film is a decided change of pace for the actor (good article from Forbes writer Scott Mendelson on the importance of this flick), and it looks like he's having a lot of fun messing with a southern accent and hopping around the globe. Domnhall Gleeson also looks terrific in this trailer, and the strong supporting cast includes Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, and Jayma Mays. This appears to be a good, old-fashioned rise-and-fall story in the mold of Scorsese, and the action and comedy beats hit the mark in this trailer. But most importantly, American Made will reunite Cruise with Doug Liman, who seems to be his collaborator of choice these days. Liman knocked Edge of Tomorrow out of the park, and I have a feeling that this could be another spectacularly entertaining action flick.
We'll find out on September 29, when American Made opens in theaters across the country.
Poster courtesy of Universal