The Infiltrator, a movie review

A movie review written by: Lee Sonogan

(2016) 2h7mins/ Biography, Crime, Drama


Starring the actor Bryan Cranston, this movie is about a U.S customs official that discovers a money-laundering scheme including the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and his men. This movie is based on a real story and some portions of the film were shot at Dunsfold Aerodrome, which is the same airfield used for Top Gear UK.  This movie had a budget of 28 million and sadly only made 16.9 million at the box office. Many scenes in this movie include subtitles, so prepare for some reading.

At 5’11” tall, star Bryan Cranston is considerably taller than the real-life Robert Mazur, the character he portrays in this film. Robert Mazur is a man who went undercover in the 1980s as a Tampa businessman to help bring down bankers who laundered tens of millions of dollars for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. During an episode of “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert asked star, Bryan Cranston if he thinks he’ll get into heaven. Cranston answered “not after what I did in Tampa” referencing unspecified circumstances during the shooting of this film in that city.

In Breaking Bad, Hank and Walt Jr both mention a book written by the real Mazur, who Bryan Cranston is playing in this movie. Overall, these type of movies does not interest me. But this is one of those dramas, crime movies you can get into. Bryan Cranston’s character is well-played by him and gets better as he and his partner played by John Leguizamo, infiltrate and create a massive sting operation against the Colombian drug lord and his men. Plus there is an underline theme that suggests that there needs to be laundering money in the world for it to work. Some scenes do drag along in this 2-hour movie, which makes you not know what’s going on sometimes. I recommend this movie to any who likes crime stories or is a fan of Bryan Cranston.



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