The Infiltrator

The Infiltrator

Brad Furman (2016)

127min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Over-mythologised Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has been portrayed in a number of movies, while his criminal exploits have been the subject of hit Netflix series Narcos since 2015. Vicarious fans of the labyrinthine cat-and-mouse of drug cartels will enjoy this very tense, 1980s-set thriller based on US Customs agent Bob Mazur's factual account of the same name. Tracing the deadly complexities of an undercover operation set up to destroy Escobar's money-laundering empire, it sees family man Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) forced to lead a double life, posing as a flash, crooked financier with a trophy fiancee (Diane Kruger) while at the same time coming home to his loyal wife (Juliet Aubrey). Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman treads a lot of familiar cinematic ground in bugged hotel suites and mansions built on the proceeds of drug money, but gleans better material from the psychological and marital damage wrought by Mazur's deception. Also, cartels are a man's world so there's little for actresses as strong as Olympia Dukakis and Amy Ryan to do, although Benjamin Bratt sizzles as a suavely psychopathic lieutenant and John Leguizamo counters Cranston's urbanity as a streetwise fellow agent. The action moves credibly from Tampa to London and Paris, but anticlimax dogs the presumably factually accurate final act.

Summary

During the 1980s, a chameleonic US agent faces one of the most dangerous assignments of his life when he infiltrates the intricate criminal network of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Drama, starring Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo and Diane Kruger.

Cast & Crew

Robert Mazur, "Bob Musella" Bryan Cranston
Emir Abreu John Leguizamo
Kathy Ertz Diane Kruger
Bonni Tischler Amy Ryan
Dominic Joseph Gilgun
Robert Alcaino Benjamin Bratt
Evelyn Mazur Juliet Aubrey
Director Brad Furman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Sep 2016
Drama