The Infiltrator Is A Throw-Back To 70s Style Drug-Bust Movies


It’s always fascinating watching fictional movies about the drug trade, and the people who hunt down the criminals responsible for bringing them into the country. There’s something about the risks the under cover agents take, and the very real possibility that they could die for their duplicitous nature that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The Infiltrator takes it a step further by introducing us the true story of a U.S. Customs official who uncovers a money laundering scheme by one of the largest drug lords in the 70s and 80s, Pablo Escobar.

Bryan Cranston plays Robert Mazur, a former accountant who decided to change careers and work for the U.S. Customs agency. We’re introduced to him near the end of his career, during a drug bust that almost goes incredibly wrong. Afterwards he’s given the opportunity to retire, but instead he takes on a new case. Instead of going after the local pushers, Mazur wants to follow the money trail to the people making the decisions. It’s a case that leads him towards crooked bankers, and some of the top men in Pablo Escobar’s employ. He’s joined on the case by his partner Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) and his pretend fiancee Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger ), and together they risk their lives as they cover each other’s backs.

The Infiltrator feels very much like a film made in the 1970s. From the soundtrack, to the grainy and slightly off colour film, and even the way the cameramen film the scenes, you feel as if you are watching an old movie. Bryan Cranston is by far the star of the film, and without his incredible talent the film wouldn’t be what it is. Ever since Breaking Bad ended, he’s been turning in some incredible performances, including last year’s Trumbo and this one. John Leguizamo once again does a terrific job in a supporting role, but it’s Diane Kruger that looks out of place. It feels like she’s really only been added to the film as eye candy, because her role doesn’t really add anything to the film. While the movie is entertaining, and well worth watching, you find yourself a little disappointed afterwards when you find out that a lot of the plot points didn’t really happen in the true story. Sure the basic story is true, but a lot of what happens throughout isn’t true at all. It’s a little frustrating when a movie is advertised as a true story, when it’s really not.

The Infiltrator may not be the kind of movie you need to rush out to the theater to watch, but it’s a good fit for a Sunday afternoon. It’s a slow paced film that adds just the right amount of tension, even if it’s not what really happened.

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