The Infiltrator (2016)
In the 1980s, Robert “Bob” Mazur (Bryan Cranston) went undercover for the US Government to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug cartel as a money-laundering businessman. This is a true story.
Having a run time of about 2 hours in length, The Infiltrator is a fact-based cartel movie that can drag on for much longer than you might tolerate. With very little in terms of memorable moments or shocking mob scenes, this movie for the most part is dialogue. Sure, there are many scenes that are mob-like and tense, but they are few and far between. I honestly can’t recall major plot points in the middle half of this movie because it all blurs together.
The praise for this movie comes from the acting and the ending. SPOILERS***** The fake wedding to catch everyone together is a nice touch to a movie that was losing me and Bryan Cranston did a good job in the lead role (just as he did in Trumbo.) END SPOILERS***** The 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes seems about right as this movie does nothing to be “bad” or “horrible,” but it also doesn’t do a whole lot to make you enjoy it. This movie is NOT a movie for entertainment because it will put you to sleep!
At the end of the day, this mob movie is more about facts than it is about the ease of watch. I wish this kind of story could be told with more spunk and flair, but when it is all over, the thing you will remember is the very end. I don’t think many people will remember (or even understand) what all came before it. These types of movies are boring and they need another element to set them apart! Co-starring John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, Amy Ryan, Daniel Mays, Elena Anaya, Joseph Gilgun, Juliet Aubrey, Leanne Best, Olympia Dukakis, Ruben Ochandiano, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and Yul Vazquez.
6/10 Stars – It might be fact-based movie with a talented lead, but this mob movie is too talky and needs more flair!