The Infiltrator Movie Review

TI_FL_D001_DL_00322_R_CROP Bryan Cranston stars as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur in THE INFILTRATOR, a Broad Green Pictures release. Credit: David Lee / Broad Green Pictures

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Confession I have to make: my grandma had heard more about this movie than I had going into it. I knew that it was a thing and that it was coming out, but my grandma asked me if I had seen the trailer and television spots, which until the night before my screening was a solid no. I love Bryan Cranston. Though I have never watched Breaking Bad, which definitely makes me a horrible person, I still love him, and I think Diane Kruger is a phenomenal actress. Another thing about this movie that intrigued me is that it is a story about Pablo Escobar. I think that Pablo Escobar is fascinating. Real life criminal kingpins always fascinate me, and I’m always on board with a story about them or pertaining to their actions. In this case, I would say that it is more pertaining to the actions of Pablo Escobar, but I was still totally on board from the cast, director, and premise, so let’s discuss it!

The Infiltrator is directed by Brad Furman and stars Bryan Cranston as Robert Mazur, a U.S. Customs Service Special Agent. When Robert finds out that Pablo Escobar, one of the biggest drug lords in the world, is laundering money, he must take on an alias and a whole new life complete with other agents who act as his close friends and family. As Robert gets deeper and deeper into the organization and handling financials of the operation, the mission begins to take a toll on him, his family, and his organization with the U.S. law enforcement.

I had heard such good things about this movie, and what luck. This movie is great. Bryan Cranston is absolutely amazing in his role, and it kind of surprises me that this movie was released in the summer as compared to during Oscar season because though I don’t think it will be the big Oscar juggernaut of the year, I thought that Cranston was phenomenal, and it could have been the drug-trafficking thriller of 2016 that Sicario was in 2015. I liked Sicario more, but I still really liked The Infiltrator. I think that Brad Furman once again shows just how capable he is of capturing suspense and thrill in thrillers, just the way he did in The Lincoln Lawyer and showed ability to in Runner, Runner, a movie I thought was sub par, but like I said, still showed the ability that Brad Furman has to keep me on the edge of my seat. That was one of my favorite things about this movie. I was constantly wondering what would happen next, who would be affected next, and how is the main character going to careful show off his fancy footwork to dance around the next situation. It’s phenomenal. I also really loved Diane Kruger and John Leguizamo in this movie, but the thing that stood out to me was the way that this movie kept me on the edge of my seat with constant mind-snatching events and great pacing. I was really invested in this character, and I just found the entire situation captivating, and as Bryan Cranston has always done in everything except Godzilla, he pulled me along and kept me so enthralled by the way that events played out in this movie. It constantly gets you to hold your breath, and when the tension is released, it is released by excellent character moments for Cranston’s Mazur.

I did have a couple of negatives with this movie, and one is that I didn’t really care about any of the characters other than Bryan Cranston’s Robert and Diane Kruger’s Kathy. Other than those two, I couldn’t really care less about the rest because they were very thin. There was one character who I was almost there with, but I still didn’t quite get where I needed to be, and by time the end of the film came, I realized that I didn’t really care about what happened to any of them. Tell me what happened to Bob and Kathy in real life just like I know you are going to do, then let me leave to get some chicken tenders, french fries, and sweet tea. That’s not a joke. That’s actually something that happened after I saw this movie. That aside, I also thought that at times there was too much going on in the movie for it to contain itself, and that is one of the reasons I didn’t really care about the characters. What I find funny is that as soon as I walked out I was thinking that this movie reminded me of American Hustle, and thinking back on it, as much as I liked American Hustle, that’s the same problem I had back in 2013. American Hustle, I thought, struggled to contain itself, and that’s one of the biggest problems I have with The Infiltrator.

Overall, I thought that The Infiltrator was absolutely a fantastic movie that I would definitely suggest checking out. Bryan Cranston was phenomenal, and the story was so fascinating and constantly had me on the edge of my seat. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next, and I think Bryan Cranston has found yet another success in a story about drugs. I thought that Diane Kruger was amazing as well, and even though I was aiming for the record of longest held breath, I still really enjoyed this movie. Magicians of the world, please let me know what that title is actually called. I thought the movie had some trouble containing itself, and I think it struggled when it worked itself away from Bob in the center because I just wasn’t as interested or intrigued by the constant danger of the other characters. I’m gong to give The Infiltrator an 7.8/10.

Are you going to see the Infiltrator this weekend? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! Will you be seeing Ghostbusters instead? Let me know if you will be seeing that as well. I was lucky enough to see Ghostbusters as well, so if you would like to check out my review for it you can click right HERE! Also, be sure to stay tuned for reviews for both Lights Out and Ice Age: Collision Course later this week, and as always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

Images courtesy of Broadgreen Pictures

About Justin Lyons

Hey, it’s Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm