Based on a true story, Federal agent Robert “Bob” Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent posing as his fiancé 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.
What We Thought:
The Infiltrator is a pretty solid undercover thriller with a great cast and great performances. Bryan Cranston is one of the best actors in the game and John Leguizamo is always good.
Based on a true story about one of the biggest undercover sting operations in US history, Cranston plays an agent set out to infiltrate notorious drug czar, Pablo Escobar. I watch a lot of crime/undercover films and shows so I already knew the story a bit, but I’m fine with that. Cranston nails his role and it’s amazing how far “in” his character got.
The film is layered, but doesn’t try to outsmart itself. You can easily follow along and shouldn’t get lost. Sometimes undercover films try to lay on the rats and moles, but this isn’t the case. It’s pretty straight forward and tells the story in a pretty linear way.
It’s a little over 2 hours long, but doesn’t feel long because the story is paced well and unravels in a timely way. It could have taken forever to tell the story about how Bob got in with the drug gang, but it didn’t feel slow or rushed either.
The Blu-ray looks really good with sharp colors and picture. Audio has easy to hear dialogue and score. The action sequences sound great as well. Bonus features include commentary, deleted scenes, and featurettes.
The Infiltrator doesn’t feel like anything new to me, but it’s a good watch nonetheless. Cranston and the cast are great even if I feel like I’ve seen similar movies/shows before. If you like crime/undercover flicks like me, you’ll like it though.
- Audio Commentary with Director Brad Furman and Bryan Cranston
- Deleted Scenes
- The Three Bobs
- How to Infiltrate
Cast & Crew:
- Bryan Cranston
- John Leguizamo
- Benjamin Bratt
- Amy Ryan
- Diane Kruger
Recommended If You Like:
- Donnie Brasco
- American Hustle
- Miami Vice