Based on the book by Robert Mazur, THE INFILTRATOR is a well-designed film with an interesting cast led by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad). The film, set in an exciting on-the-edge drug trafficking and money laundering true-life drama, has some great moments in narrating the story of undercover federal agent Robert “Bob” Mazur who goes deep into the narcotics empire of infamous kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Federal agent Mazur (Bryan Cranston) plays a covert businessman Bob Musella who goes after top drug traffickers that turns bad as he dives deep into the nasty criminal network. Teamed up with fellow agent Emir Abreu and a former confidant of Escobar – Roberto Alcaino by bringing him out of jail, Mazur infiltrated into the most dangerous business to stop money laundering operations.

This film is a real story in which Bryan very intelligently played the character of a true family man while on the other side turns himself into the company of violent criminals. The situations are tough and even the slimmest mistake could have put his life in danger. THE INFILTRATOR shows how the war on drugs was not just to go after drug trafficking, but the huge stash of cash involved through suspicious transactions.

Mazur risks it all by 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 (BCCI), one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world.

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REVIEW: The film is slick, stylish, and to the point with occasional thrill. Considering it’s an undercover operation, the slow pace of the film is justified. While Bryan Cranston delivered a power-packed performance, the supporting cast also adds value to the narrative. However, to some extent, it seems THE INFILTRATOR could have been much more thrilling with further detailing, although I’m not completely aware of Mazur’s story. In that sense, the film comes out as a winner by focusing on its character more than the story.

Starring: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez, Amy Ryan, Joseph Gilgun, Saïd Taghmaoui and Olympia Dukakis.
Directed by: Brad Furman
Released on: July 13, 2016

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