The Infiltrator (2016)

THE INFILTRATOR

Brad Furman directs Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo and Diane Kruger in this true story of an ageing undercover customs agent who poses as a money launderer to cripple Pablo Escobar.

Possibly the best undercover movie away from the more fantastical stylings of The Departed / Infernal Affairs series. Sure, the true story basis means we hit the standard Serpico, Donnie Brasco, Blow et al beats but Cranston is the far more convincing lead as a man who exists in two jarring lives and the surrounding cast hum with a uniformily sexy premium quality. It is handsomely shot and has the added advantage of ending on a unique if almost surreal set piece rather than the merely cliched standard “mixed emotions about the bad guys arrest” that often ends these affairs on a lull. If you like crime cinema there is enough variation in this to make it a worthy addition to your collection.

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