Review of THE INFILTRATOR w Bryan Cranston

by on September 8, 2017

in Entertainment, movie reviews

The Infiltrator Review with Bryan Cranston

If you ever wanted to see Breaking Bad‘s Walter White channeled into a federal, undercover agent, this is the film to see that in.

The Infiltrator is directed by Brian Fuller (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner) and stars Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, Amy Ryan and a few others.

Bryan Cranston movies.

The film was based on an actual agent and events that took place back in the 80s. The eye-catching difference with this story is that rather than chasing the drug dealers, Robert Mazur concocts the plan to go after the money behind the cartels.

The marketing spin for the film says,

“In 1986, federal agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes under cover to infiltrate the trafficking network of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Working with fellow agents Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger) and Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo), Mazur poses as a slick, money-laundering businessman named Bob Musella. Gaining the confidence of Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt), Escobar’s top lieutenant, Mazur must navigate a vicious criminal underworld where one wrong move could cost him everything.”

To be honest, I love Cranston’s work, but he seemed restrained a bit at times in this film, while Bratt delivered a perfect drug dealing boss. Maybe not restrained, but low-key. Yea, watching Mazur reminded me of the phrase, ‘The meek shall inherit the Earth.’ (If they survive the big bad bullies!)

The story just isn’t about Mazur infiltrating the Colombian cartel, but it addressed a few other facets surrounding the actual case. One facet was Mazur’s strained marriage and how this was going to be his last case

Another was how non-violent Mazur was, but kept getting caught up in tension-filled moments. To know that at any second, being in so deep, that he could be caught. Or was he already under suspicion and didn’t know it? Cranston was more low-key playing the adrenaline obsessed agent. It was like the character loved getting into the thick of it where is life could be snuffed out at any second, but when shit hit the fan, he more crapped his pants than did anything else about it.

Leguizamo played a foot-loose and fancy free kind of undercover agent that made you nervous for Mazur.

The other angle of tension we got to see, was that while Mazur’s marriage was teetering on the edge of stress, he had to go undercover as an engaged man to another undercover agent. That DOES NOT make the wife feel any better! Plus, at times, you swore, the sexual tension between Mazur and his undercover fiancee could be cut with a butter knife in the air!

But none-the-less, the thrill of hiding in plain sight is a subtle but emotional ride for everyone involved from the characters to the actual movie-watcher.

The film has it’s moments, and if you can get into the psychosis of Mazur, you’ll enjoy it.

It’s not one of Cranston’s better roles, but he pulls it off. Like I said, he was Walter White 2.0, with nerve, daring and a little bit of pants-shitting reactions. Not your typical, undercover hero agent.

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