Monday, June 5, 2017

First trailer debuts for Tom Cruise's action/comedy 'American Made'

For all the talk about Top Gun: Maverick (apparently the official title of the long-gestating sequel to the 1986 classic) and Live Die Repeat and Repeat (the potential sequel to the beloved 2014 sci-fi film), Tom Cruise has a pretty big year ahead of him, not to mention the highly anticipated release of Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible 6 in 2018. This Friday sees the release of The Mummy, the horror vehicle that will likely determine the fate of Dark Universe, Universal's attempt at cobbling together a cinematic universe comprised of their classic monster characters. Tracking is soft and the film has the tall task of competing with Wonder Woman, but there's still some hope left for the film. In addition to the blockbuster hopeful, Cruise has a more serious project on the horizon in September in the form of American Made. Reuniting him with Edge of Tomorrow/Live Die Repeat director Doug Liman, the film tells the story of drug runner Barry Seal, who played both sides during the height of the reign of the Colombian cartels in the 1980s. Just in time for the release of The Mummy, Universal has released the first trailer for the film- check it out below!

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

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