The Infiltrator – ***1/2 OUT OF 4
Director Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) skillfully renders an exciting, true-life thriller from a script written by his mother and based on a memoir crafted by a U.S. Customs agent named Robert Mazur. The superb Bryan Cranston plays Robert Mazur who infiltrates the Medellin cartel’s financial enterprise by pretending to be Bob Musella, a hedonistic high roller and money launderer. What’s fascinating is watching Mazur slide into the undercover cop genre with complete confidence. It keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if he will screw up. What also puts you on edge is the masterful sound design which hits you hard every time an action sequence takes place. It’s a poignant combination and a remakable mix.
Playing Mazur’s undercover partner is the great John Leguizamo as Emir Abreu. He adds another level to the verisimillitude through his volatility and explosiveness.
The film peripatetically moves around a lot from New York to Miami to Panama to Paris. If the movie has a slight flaw it’s the confusion that accrues from all that traveling.
The breakthrough performance must be attributed to Diane Kruger who is mesmerizing as an undercover agent playing girlfriend to Mazur as Kathy Ertz. She is an artist in world of hate and deception.
“The Infiltrator”is one of the best films of the year so far. It entertains and enlightens.