Tag Archives: American Made

Interview: American Made director Doug Liman talks about uncovering the heart at the centre of his action films

Doug Liman has never been a director afraid of making bold choices. Whether he’s taking the leap from indie cinema ala Swingers to expensive actioners like The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, or honing his skills as a wrangler in order to challenge a fearless performer such as Tom Cruise, the New York born filmmaker is arguably one of the industry’s strongest and most passionate players.  On the eve of the release of his latest effort, the biographical crime drama American Made, The Iris chatted to the director about what drew him to this outrageous story, and just how one gets away with calling Tom Cruise a “coward”.... Continue Reading

Film Review: American Made (USA, 2017) is a sharply paced outing that proves a welcome return to form for Tom Cruise

Simultaneously stepping away from the action brands they’re both primarily recognised for, there’s a sense of material re-engagement for director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Edge of Tomorrow) and star Tom Cruise with American Made.  Telling a story that’s less reliant on aesthetic spectacle and star power, Gary Spinelli’s account of pilot-turned-drug smuggler Barry Seal’s recruitment by the CIA in the 1980’s is one of those tales so unbelievable it could only be true.... Continue Reading