AMERICAN MADE (2017)

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A film by Doug Liman 

Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright

Based on the true story of Barry Seal, a pilot recruited unexpectedly by the CIA to carry out one of the biggest secret operations in the history of the United States. although the operation became the embarrassment under the Reagan administration.

After the disappointment of The Mummy Tom Cruise redeem himself with American Made unbelievable story of Barry Seal who was the crazy dude who had one foot on the CIA the other with the Cartel. And yes he was making tons of money. With a surprise that his wife went along with it. It is a face paced thriller/Action film here by Liman. The role it seems was tailored for Tom Cruise. Himself a license pilot who owns 3 to 4 planes already.

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Wen we meet Barry, you see him bored working for TWA and was looking for some excitement in his life and by pure luck because he was a damn great pilot got his own company with the help of someone from the government (CIA). Barry soon got into with the Medellin cartel and played both side. Barry who known has the guy who delivers. Well being a spy and a drug runner does not mix nut Barry here could handle just fine. The scene in which Barry and the Colombian drug lords negotiate how to deliver the packages of cocaine is funny as hell  with Barry taking off from a runway that is much too short.  But later thing escalate and all good thing must come to an end. I remember reading about this when I was living in the U.S. back then in the 80’s the sure embarrassment of the U.S. government that was under the Reagan administration, it was all over the news what I didn’t know there was the guy behind all this and his name was Seal. It is mind bottling how he was doing things and the cash he was making. Here is a terrific film and do enjoy the ride.

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THE WALL (2017)

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A film by Doug Liman

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli

Bitter, subversive, and violently fierce and armed with a super 8mn camera running about 90 minutes here is a film by Doug Liman which operates as both a genre exercise like  Phone Booth and Buried, while angrily commenting on American foreign military involvement. And yes Doug Liman can deliver a smart gut punchy war film that is a little gem. Of course some of you might have trouble with the ending. A film by distributor Amazon Studios.

Centering on two American soldiers, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena, who become trapped by an Iraqi sniper near a small compound and partially destroyed cement wall. Everything in this film is not explain wand you will have questions but that is one thing that I like in this film. Taylor-Johnson is very outstanding  as the panic-stricken soldier who is also dealing with a potentially life-threatening bullet wound. While his follow soldier is hit spends most of film with his face down in the dirt but is still kicking and a live but you do not know how severe are his injuries. The cinematography is exceptional here due to the fact it is film in the desert where the sun is scorching hot . Although it is shot outside it is going to feel claustrophobic due to the fact that one soldier is behind the wall and can’t get out and leave. Here (France)  the film is in 18 theatres but the response so far is good.

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EDGE OF TOMOROW (2014)

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A film by Doug Liman

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Hunt, Bill Paxton.

Base on the great novel All you need is kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka . An alien race has invaded the earth and are winning every battle against the human race. They are faster and have better strategies.  Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat in his life. The general sends him in the front line. Here is the thing he gets thrown in the front line with no training at all and he gets killed. But seconds later he wakes up and lives the same day all over again Hey this looks like groundhog day or source code all over again but no it is not. He goes back and saves Rita Vrataski (Emily hunts) Cage tries to tell her what is going on when she tell him “find me when you wake up” He does and get connected to Dr. Carter (Noah Taylor). who tells him they can beat them and how but the task become is next to impossible. I do not want to reveal too much about this film just in case you didn’t see it. Emily hunt ‘s character is this ultimate warrior who keeps in shape and trains everyday to better herself as the nickname of full metal bitch. The fight scenes are intense and well done as well as gruesome as hell some of them anyway. As for Tom Cruise character at first he didn’t want to go to the front line even though it is the order of the general once he is forced into it you see him scared as hell and sweating . Later on he becomes less scared and wants to train in order to succeed. Great performance by bill Paxton who play this Sergent. Emily hunts delivers a solid performance as well as the female warrior who will stop at nothing to win this war, to top it all off the chemistry between Cruise and Hunt is near perfect. This a 3D movie but i think 3D is going to be out soon like it was back in the 70’s 80’s.

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FAIR GAME (2010)

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A film by Doug Liman. 

Cast: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sonya Davison. 

The bush administration has decided to go to war with Iraq.  Finding reasons to go to war supposedly found out that a African country Niger is make Uranium to build nuclear weapons.Joseph Wilson, ( Sean Penn) a former ambassador to Niger, was sent to seek evidence. He found none. In fact he found that such sales would be impossible . His report was tossed out in the garbage. His wife works for the CIA as a covert operative. The U.S. goes to war. Obviously that made Josephs angry and wrote an article of what he did found or din’t found. Some how Robert Novak wanted to discriminate him and leak that his wife was a CIA agent. Plame,( Naomi Watts) under a variety of aliases, ran secret networks of informants in Bagdad and other Middle Eastern cities. When the administration blew her cover, several of her informants were killed. Cheney’s aide, Scooter Libby, was tried and convicted of obstruction of justice and  sentenced to prison, his sentence quickly commuted by Bush. Dick Cheney was outrage because he wasn’t pardoned. Hey dude life goes on. The film is based on books by Valerie Plame Wilson and Joseph Wilson. Saddam Hussein had no WMD, the CIA knew it the White House knew it. The evidence was ignored. Naomi Watts played Valerie not like a hero but like a CIA operative/mother/wife and her acting is outstanding. Sean Penn plays Ambassador Wilson, who is aggressive is outraged by the way administration leaks try to destroy them and he fought back as hard as he could. He put up a great fight. Fair game was portrayed realistically. There this should be a topic for discussion and everybody is going to have a different opinion.

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SWINGERS (1996)

A film by  Doug Liman.
Cast: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston.
This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It’s been six months since his girlfriend left him and he’s not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.
One of the guys, named Trent (Vince Vaughn), uses the word “money” as an adjective: “That’s really money. They’ll see how money you are.” This is inspired, since in Hollywood absolutely everything comes down to money. Intelligence, beauty, talent and fame go through a kind of currency exchange, and come out converted into money, less 15 percent.The movie follows Mike, Trent and a shifting cast of friends through several days, during which they drive through the Hollywood Hills looking for parties at which Trent promises there will be lots of “honey babies” to pick up. They try to pick up girls (Mike claims he’s in show biz, but the woman remembers seeing him in Starbucks, picking up an employment application) Yeah that is going to work. Have a nice day pal. They finally pick some girls and goes to their places where of course Mike blubbers about his former girlfriend and what else is new? Nice idea for a film and turn out to be great.