Rated: R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: September 29, 2017 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
Tom Cruise is in top form in this Doug Liman directed adventure, based on a true story during the 1980's.
He plays TWA pilot Barry Seal, who's so bored with his job that he causes his plane to shake and smiles while he announces to the passengers that the plane is "experiencing some turbulence".
He's recruited by a CIA agent (Domhnall Gleason) to fly low enough over Central America to take pictures of activity on the ground. He's very good at it and soon the CIA is asking him to do riskier jobs. After he's detained by the locals, they persuade Barry to fly their cocaine into the states and drop it off in Louisiana on his return trips to the states.
He begins making so much money that he has to hide it in every conceivable place in the little house that the CIA provides for his family. He even has it hidden in holes in the yard and has so much of it that he forgets where he's stashed it. There's a lot of humor throughout, and Barry trying to deal with all his cash is one of the funniest.
The CIA ups the game by having Barry deliver weapons to the Nicaraguan Contras. Before long, the job is too big for his plane alone, and he ends up hiring a few other pilots to help out. They work out of a large hangar that the CIA provides in a little town in Arkansas.
The pilots have a dangerous mission, they have to fly low under the radar, take off and land on strips of grass doubling as runways, and deal with some pretty scary guys.
The film is fast-paced, action-packed and very entertaining. Cruise is crazy good in the role - he's confident, energetic and every inch a bigger-than-life hot shot.