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INFILTRATOR, THE

SYNOPSIS: In 1985, U.S. Customs official Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes undercover to uncover a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. (Based on a true story.)

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Brainy as well as brawny, The Infiltrator works on several levels, not least as a well observed insight into the impact of being an undercover agent targeting specific people. Unlike a double agent in a spy story, Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) has to infiltrate the drug cartel - particularly acquiring evidence against individuals at the top.

The process requires an ability to inspire deep trust; that process also has a reverse effect, bonding the protagonists with the glue of shared risk.

Bryan Cranston makes a powerful contribution as the undercover agent, using a minimalist technique to convey maximum impact. Diane Kruger achieves a similar result as a vital colleague, while Juliet Aubrey is magnificent as Evelyn, Mazur's wife, a challenging and important role. All the supports are first class, with Amy Ryan strong as Mazur's boss Bonni Tischler, John Leguizamo terrific as Emir, an important informer working with Mazur, and a colourful Olympia Dukakis as supersized Aunt Vicky.

Beatifully realized and edited, the film offers more than thrills, but it does offer them as well. The violence is kept to a minimum while the tension remains high and the story unfolds to the restrained but effective score.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

INFILTRATOR, THE (MA15+)
(US, 2016)

CAST: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Niall Hayes, Lara Decaro, Juliet Aubrey, Daniel Mays, Olympia Dukakis, Amy Ryan, Jason Isaacs, Art Malik, Tim Dutton,

PRODUCER: Paul M. Brennan, Brad Furman, Miriam Segal, Don Sikorski

DIRECTOR: Brad Furman

SCRIPT: Ellen Brown Furman (book by Robert Mazur)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Joshua Reis

EDITOR: Luis Carballar, Jeff McEvoy, David Rosenbloom

MUSIC: Chris Hajian

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Crispian Sallis

RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 1, 2016







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