3 (out of 4 stars)
Ever since the TV series, Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston has proven time and time again why he is worthy of best actor nominations. Whether the role is that of President Lyndon Baines Johnson or a high school drug kingpin, Walter White, Cranston puts 100% into every role.
The Infiltrator is based on the true story of Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) a U.S. drug enforcement officer and his street-smart partner, Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo), who infiltrate the drug trafficking network of Colombian drug czar, Pablo Escobar.
The action takes place between New York, Miami, Paris, and Panama, as Mazur interacts and befriends Escobar’s top Lieutenant, Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt), and his wife Gloria (Elena Anaya). Add in Amy Ryan as hard-hitting, no nonsense DEA head, Bonni Tischler, who pushes her team to go deeper undercover, and you've got a great setting for a drug movie.
Reminiscent of the movie, Traffic, (2000), Blow (2001), and Sicario (2015), this movie follows in the same genre. The intrigue, suspense, espionage of undercover work and betrayal hits all the right cylinders. For the millennials, there are violent action and CGI stunt scenes. If you like watching people having their brains splattered all over the screen, you’re in luck. This film has got it all.