The year is 1978. Airplane pilots smoked while flying. TWA is one of the top airlines. Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), a TWA pilot, is recruited unwillingly by CIA Agent Monty Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson) to go on missions to capture images of dealings in South America. He is then recruited by drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and Associates to transport drugs to Miami. Seal becomes a vital asset to both the CIA and Escobar. Seal is making money hand over fist. Money is literally pouring from everywhere he owns as it becomes a symbol that greed is too hard to keep up with. It is a fascinating story.
Tom Cruise gives a great performance. It is a reminder of how humorous he is. I would like to see him receive a Golden Globe nomination. Domhnall Gleeson compliments Tom Cruise’s performance as a not quite villain but someone that you do not trust. He is also suave and charismatic. Sarah Wright is fantastic as Lucy Seal. She is captivating in the scenes with Cruise. I was filled with glee to see Jayma Mays as Dana Sibota who prosecutes Seal. Jesse Plemons plays a sheriff in town.
Director Doug Liman gives a nostalgic feel to the film to go with the time period. He captures beautifully the expanse of the South American countries Barry flies over. Writer Gary Spinelli interweaves humor, drama and action for a cohesive script.
Most films I go see without expectations, I enjoy as what happened with this film. It was a fun time at the movies and, dare I say it, educational as well.