Title: The Infiltrator
MPAA: Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexual content, and drug material
Director: Brad Furman
Starring: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger
Synopsis: Federal agent, Robert Mazur, goes under cover to infiltrate the trafficking network of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. While posing as a slick, money-laundering businessman named Bob Musella, Mazur must navigate a vicious criminal underworld where one wrong move could cost him everything.
The Infiltrator is based on the fascinating, true story about a man who goes under cover to try and track down the drug cartel during Pablo Escobar’s reign as a drug kingpin. It’s quite funny to see Cranston play a character on the other side of the law, tracking down the drug dealers, after playing Walter White for so many years. For anyone who has seen Breaking Bad, you should know how fantastic of a dramatic actor Bryan Cranston is. Also how great of a villain he can play. He once again shows off his acting chops in this film, but as a completely different character than Walter White. Cranston is a veteran actor who displays emotions very well. Whenever his character is feeling angry, nervous, or sad you see it in on his face. Cranston does a great job of making you care for this character. He really does carry this entire film. If there were an actor with any lesser talent taking the helm as Robert Mazur, then this movie might not work.
We live in a world where a lot of our television shows or films are led by an anti-hero or just a bad man in general. Sometimes it is just really interesting to watch the bad guy on-screen, because they are unpredictable and very intriguing to watch. With films like Black Mass and The Wolf of Wall Street, we learn about the true story of these real life people who were unethical and did very awful things. With The Infiltrator, it is very refreshing to learn about a person who did something very good for a change. However, he wasn’t one-dimensional, and was a little flawed. Cranston does a fantastic job of showcasing this for the viewers. He wasn’t perfect, and it’s really intriguing to see if he will ever cross the line and get too involved in this drug cartel while under cover.
The Infiltrator has a great premise, and an intriguing plotline, where if this is done right, then it could be nominated for Academy Awards and have great critical acclaim. However, this film did not exceed my expectations and I don’t see it among the other great films that have been released so far this year. This film is directed pretty good and the acting is not bad, but nothing really stands out. The Infiltrator could have been filmed a lot worse, but at the same time could have been filmed a lot better.
This film felt very bland, because of the poor screenplay. As a viewer, I never got really invested in the story and it kind of dragged at times. There were scenes that felt unnecessary and could have been cut out, without really affecting the flow and tone of the story. The writing was probably the main reason why this film lacked in quality. There was a lot of expository dialogue that felt unnecessary and unrealistic that the characters would talk like that. I also felt like the characters could have been written with more quality to better understand who they are, and what their motives were for their actions. There were a lot of supporting characters throughout the entire story, but most of them didn’t really stand out. I would say the best supporting character was Diane Kruger’s character who played Robert Mazur’s undercover finance. I thought she did a fine job displaying the character, and had pretty good chemistry with Bryan Cranston.
The Infiltrator is an insightful, true story about a man who goes against the odds to bring down a powerful drug cartel. At times it is beautifully shot, but the lackluster dialogue and the.poor editing brought it down for me. As a reviewer, I couldn’t help but think this filmed could have been handled a lot better and could have had a more intriguing and interesting plot and story arch. There were some tense scenes, however the move, in its entirety, lacked memorable, exciting moments. Although, this film did have some great music and great cinematography that helped make this film look and sound very beautiful. It brings the viewers back to 1985 where the story took place. This film was not a complete waste of time, and was enjoyable for the most part, but it wasn’t as memorable as other films I have seen this year. If you’re a huge fan of Bryan Cranston, I would check this out, because he pulls off another fantastic performance. His character isn’t nearly as intriguing as Walter White though, but really who is? My grade for this film is: