Fifth about The Seventh

American Made

American Made: Doug Liman’s true-but-not-quite account is an entertaining ride; the storyline is interesting enough, even if this particular episode has gotten some repeated airtime lately, making this a tad stale. The film compensates for this with a snappy structure and energy (kudos to editor Andrew Mondshein), part of it thanks to the efficient and engaging performance of Tom Cruise. The rest of the cast mostly just fades in the background, not given much to do with flat characters; Sarah Wright is just a bit above that. Period recreation, both costumes and art direction, is very solid, avoiding the pitfall so calling too much attention to itself. All of it is well-captured by the camerawork of César Charlone. Good choice of songs.

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