Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Infiltrator Movie Review

Bryan Cranston stars in The Infiltrator

A New Currency

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Based on a true story, U.S. Customs agent Robert "Bob" Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's blood-soaked drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1985 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent Emir Ebreu (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent posing as his fiancĂ© Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger) Mazur befriends Escobar's top lieutenant Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt.) Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, Mazur risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world. Directed by Brad Furman.

Furman's The Infiltrator has elements of Miami Vice and Scarface; but Cranston & co. manage to give it an identity all its own. Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis tells Bob, "Be Bobby Somebody," and the star of Breaking Bad delivers in spades. He certainly isn't your average dirty businessman, but that's what makes him (and ultimately the movie) so darn interesting. Be warned, it's a little long (127 minutes) but there's so many fun, lively characters, you may not notice until after the fact. Definitely my kind of movie... with just enough action and suspense to keep you on your toes.

Grade: B