During the 1980s, U.S. Customs Service special agent Robert Mazur uses his undercover alias "Bob Musella" to become a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. Later, he infiltrates the world's largest cartel, and helps expose the money-laundering organization of drug lord Pablo Escobar and take down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, which had secretly taken illegal ownership of First American Bank shares in Washington, D.C. He survives the deception and has a long and productive career.
The slightly larger than life aesthetic also extended to characters' coifs. "We're living in the world of big hair," star Bryan Cranston, who portrays Robert Mazur, laughed. "They back-teased my hair to get more volume, which I didn't know you could do. What you see in the movie, that's all my own hair but when Sharon Martin, our make-up and hair person, back teased it, all of a sudden the volume of hair becomes like a pompadour." See more »
The film is set in 1985 but the automatic score machine in the bowling alley wasn't put into use until decades later. See more »
Roberto, I am glad you are here. But there is a part of me that wishes you hadn't taken that risk.
Without family or friends what kinda world it is be. There will be no reason to be alive. Hmm? It's a good day.
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Written by Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Canada/SMI NY * Sharon Robinson Songs (ASCAP)
Administered by Wixen Music UK Ltd.
Published by Sony/ATV SOngs LLC See more »
Twizard Rating: 80
There are many reasons to like The Infiltrator. It takes place in the '80s, it's suspenseful, and it gives us a really gritty inside look at what life is like for a good guy who goes undercover to work with the Colombian drug cartel.
Which is what Bryan Cranston's character does. He's a guy on the verge of retirement and could easily leave to spend time with his wife and kids, but takes this one last job. And it proves to be the toughest one yet as he poses as a money launderer to try and take down Pablo Escobar's entire drug trafficking network.
It takes place in the Reagan-'80s and so there's this whole overt camera filter over the whole film. It's not too distracting, but it's also not terribly necessary. But it's minor.
The whole thing plays out as one giant sting operation. And the filmmakers understand that in a 2 hour movie, you don't need to run through all the details in one quick dialogue-filled scene. However, it would've been nice if they had given us a little more along the way.
It starts unraveling a little over an hour in. There's about a 30 minute stretch where you're looking at the person sitting next to you saying, "What's happening?" There's a lot left unexplained, but I guess there was more concern about the movie not becoming any longer.
The film is long at 127 minutes, but it's never really an issue. We need the time to process what's happening and for Cranston's character to evolve over the course of the film.
It tightens back up in the home stretch, culminating in an emotionally impressive final scene.
The always-under-appreciated John Leguizamo plays Cranston's partner and does a very good and believable job.
There seems to be this slightly neglected theme intermittently placed throughout the film about the American economy collapsing without laundered money. It's an interesting idea and one that should have been touched upon way more.
Twizard Rating: 80
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