The Infiltrator

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7.02 h 8 min2016X-RayR
A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Directors
Brad Furman
Starring
Bryan CranstonJohn LeguizamoDiane Kruger
Genres
SuspenseDrama
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Amy RyanLeanne BestDaniel MaysTom Vaughan-LawlorNiall HayesLara DecaroJuliet Aubrey
Producers
Brad FurmanDon SikorskiPaul BrennanMiriam Segal
Studio
Shout! Factory
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Alcohol usefoul languagesubstance usesmokingnuditysexual contentviolence
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4.4 out of 5 stars

6243 global ratings

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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Bryan Cranston shines in this top notch movie about money laundering
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Bryan Cranston walks into this movie with a white and black biker leather jacket and a mustache. I couldn’t help but giggle. It’s also just a hint at the transformation Cranston will go through as he is a Customs Agent going undercover to try to bust the Madellin drug cartel. The story is also not your usual cops vs drug dealers tale because it’s about going after the money not the drugs. It’s a thrilling story of twists and turns and lies and betrayal and death. Cranston of course shines. John Leguizamo is his partner in crime and is always great to see on screen playing off his tough guy character with some jokes. Benjamin Bratt is the main cartel member who is completely debonair and never seems like he is part of a drug mafia. Finally there are a number of supporting characters like Olymbia Dukakis, Joe Gilgun, Amy Ryan, and Yul Vazquez who all get their moments. Definitely a top notch crime drama.
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102.5 FMReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not an Entertaining Movie!
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I'll give it a mediocre rating because cinematically it has few flaws but it's hard to tell a story this deep when the outcome is already known. The tension that just needs to be as intense as can be is just not up to par when the ending is a known commodity. I have personal problems with the lighting director on this. Way too many night scenes that appear to have been lit with nothing but incandescent bulbs giving a very amber or yellowish hue to anything that should be white or cream colored.

However there is no real redeaming entertainment value when graphically showing small kids in frightening situations where blood is dripping from a mailed parcel. There is nothing redeaming about graphic discussion of cutting your wife's tits off in front of you. While there may be some reality in all of that, I still don't see that as entertainment. There are ways to make bad guys look bad without exercising the filmakers license to use as much gore as possible. In the old days we knew the bad guys because they wore black hats. Has film making grown up so much that something so simple needs to be replaced with lurid and shocking content. It could have been done a different way and been more palatable.

I must say that about 3/4 of the way through it grossed me out to the point where I could care less how it turns out and I hit the off button on my player. Now I need to find a Mary Poppins movie to get my mind back on even keel.

Can I recommend this movie? I'm sorry to say that even with the great acting and directing this would be better off put in an archive somewhere where they put movies that don't need to be seen.
♤ Pain ₩arrior ♤Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
You Can't Go Wrong with Cranston.
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I enjoyed the whole movie. Bryan Cranston is one of the best actors of our time, and all of the characters were very well played by the rest of the cast. From an entertainment standpoint, I liked The Infiltrator from beginning to end, and I love the fact that it's based on a true story. However sensationalized, there were still plenty of specific parts and situations that I know rang true to the real undercover agent. Just like the part with the suitcase: it really happened.
If this movie had different actors in it, I'm positive it wouldn't have been half as good. Bryan Cranston is seriously a respectable leading man. His honesty just shines through clear as day, especially when these very subtle flitters of conflict cross his eyes. He gives enough so that the audience can almost feel his heartbeat, almost hear his intelligent thoughts. But he also gives off a subtlety that makes you believe that he is a trained undercover professional with a job that comes with a high cost, and many genuine sacrifices.
As always, John Leguizamo plays a great off-beat supporting character, with a strong personality. His acting demands attention, and seeing him in movies almost gives off an instant comfort. I also respect Benjamin Bratt and the actor playing his wife was very authentic. Her hairstyle was awesome: it was modelled after one of the First Ladies. Diane Kruger's​ role and Cranston's onscreen wife fit right in, and the woman who played Cranston's relative inlaw was fantastic. It was immediately obvious that she has had many years of acting experience. Although her role was fairly short, it was memorable.

The fashion, wardrobe, and hairstyles were done perfectly, and Cranston got to rock Armani throughout the movie. The real-life undercover agent bought $12,000 suits in the early 70's, to play his rockstar made-up accountant role.
The directing, and pretty much everything else came off as authentic.
And that woman from The Office played the head of the operation, and it was refreshing to see her in such a confident, no-nonsense role after she played an awkward, dorky, but likeable character in The Office TV series for years.
I did get the sense that things were slightly more detached and less personal than they could've been. There were many different characters that were involved, and it seemed like we barely got to know most of them, before we were supposed to feel like they really meant something important to Cranston's character. I suppose things were a bit rushed in that sense. While you're watching it, the pace seems perfect, and I actually enjoyed the fact that there wasn't a lot of terrifically gory or violent scenes or car chases. But it was still obviously high-risk, and that was always apparent beneath the surface, all throughout.

I highly recommend this movie to almost anyone. I feel that everyone can find something to take away from this film, even if it's a better knowledge of some of the drama that went down at the time. Regardless, the golden key lays within Bryan Cranston's astonishing ability to evoke emotion, even with very little movement or words at times. He is phenomenal at what he does, and it's hard to imagine a bad movie or show where he plays the lead.
Definitely worth watching. Overall, there was a lot of work put into this, and it's obvious, but not while looking obvious, know what I mean?
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TafkaswfReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
A Good Movie but with Flaws
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The Infiltrator does a good job of capturing the sleaze and over-the-top lifestyle of the Miami-based cocaine and drug-laundering business of the 1980s. Extra points for showing how Tampa, Florida was involved in it too.

But this movie throws too many characters at you too fast. It gets very difficult very quick to understand what's going on, how the various meetings all tie together. You quickly lose how the scheme is supposed to work, why the Good Guy (Bryan Cranston) is meeting with this guy today and who that guy is. Where the meeting is. Miami? Tampa? Panama? Colombia? New York? It just gets thrown at you too fast.

Then there's the other flaws. Bryan Cranston's character just isn't that believable. Part of the ruse is that he's engaged to another Federal undercover agent who's half his age, and the two of them aren't believable as a couple either. Nor does all the socializing seem like a good idea. To the point where the drug and money laundering people are so chummy with Bryan Cranston that he gets all of them except Cocaine Kingpin Pablo Escobar to attend his (fake) wedding. And they all get busted there. Really? It was that easy? None of the drug people ask questions in this movie, check out Cranston's back story. Assassinations happen too, with no explanation.

Bryan Cranston trying to cover his tracks doesn't really work, either, like when he assaults a waiter in a nice restaurant because one of the bad guys unexpectedly interrupts Bryan Cranston's anniversary dinner with his wife- and Bryan Cranston knows the bad guy thinks Bryan Cranston's engaged to the other (undercover cop) girl. So Cranston has to act like his wife is actually his mistress, and it's her birthday (get it?). So Cranston causes a scene in the restaurant and rams the waiter's face in the anniversary cake ("I ordered a BIRTHDAY cake dammit!"). Yeah, try causing a scene and attacking a waiter in a real, nice restaurant and see how quick you get swarmed by management and how quick you get arrested. But in the next scene, he's just driving home with his wife. "Sorry honey!"

Oh, and Pablo Escobar knows Bryan Cranston's home address, where he and his family live. To the point of Escobar's people sending Cranston a bloody object in the mail as a warning. AND THEY KEEP LIVING THERE. REALLY? Oh, and your wife will be unhappy but will suck it up. Even the supposed tension between the two is weak and unbelievable.

So this was a good movie based on the subject matter alone. But it's the characters and the scenes and the plot that stop it from being a very good movie. Watch it once and move on to your next movie.
BobBoylstonReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great look inside a scandal that persists to this day
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I recommend first watching the movie “The Infilitrator” starring Bryan Cranston. It is available on Amazon Prime Video. Although the movie lacks some historical accuracy, it does provide a clear sense of the danger and intrigue that Mr. Mazur and his team experienced, as described in Robert Mazur’s book, “The Infiltrator: The True Story of One Man Against (sic) the Biggest Drug Cartel in History”. The book has many more intimate details of the operation, but watching the movie first really helped me keep track of the players and understand their personalities. The book gives some interesting background color to Sen. John Kerry’s investigations, as well.

After watching and reading both “Infiltrators”, I realized that Mr. Mazur’s story was just a tiny part of the corruption at BCCI (and BNL, or Banco Nazional del Lavoro). I had lived through those scandals of the Reagan and Bush One administration as a college and law student, but had never gone past reading newspaper and magazine articles and engaging in localized political activism to raise consciousness among fellow voters. So I decided to take a journey back in time and re-read about the BCCI scandal. I subsequently purchased and read, in this recommended order, “The Outlaw Bank” by Jonathan Beatty and S.C. Gwynne and then “A Full Service Bank” by James Ring Adams and Douglas Frantz.

“Outlaw Bank” is a fascinating look inside the ‘Time’ magazine stories that broke the scandal wide open. “Full Service Bank” is often a plagiarism of “Outlaw Bank”, but was ‘written’ later, has additional details, and is a good, albeit hastily written book fraught with typos and grammatical errors. Still valuable, however.

I believe I luckily got the order exactly right: First the movie, then Mazur’s book, then “Outlaw Bank” and finally “Full Service Bank”.

This leads, of course, to the question of which multi-national bank(s) fill(ed) the void left by BCCI’s collapse, and why no president, congress, or Federal Reserve chairman since has had the integrity or will to correct this.
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HelperReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Instantly Hooked!
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This is the film that I noticed who Bryan Cranston was. He is an awesome actor and since this film I have seen him in other roles and he is an outstanding actor. All of the actors were real and fantastic to watch. This film kept me in suspense throughout and I was scared senseless but could not take my eyes of the screen, even if I had to look through my fingers. Cranston plays an undercover agent for the DEA. You learn about his personal life with his wife and children, and it takes you back and forth during the film. Yes, it states it is based on true events, however, it has to be very loosely based, because Bryan Cranston's character would certainly have been murdered, along with his wife and children. It's not credible that he lived a short distance away from the viscous drug dealers, as you see him home for dinner a few times in the film. The End---I could not help but seeing the undercover cops as traitors because they lied, cheated and deceived their friends, no matter what. It is unlikely when they were "in character" at the wedding, that true undercover agents who actually put their lives and careers at risk and "out themselves" when they look their biggest busts of their careers, in the eyes while they were being ambushed and taken away. However, put that aside and enjoy the ride! There is a lot of gore that was too tough to take for me, but well worth turning my face away for a moment, because I certainly couldn't stop watching the film. I had to find out what happened every moment.
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Sandra L WieneckeReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Liked the Movie - Worth a Watch
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I guess it goes go without saying...you have to like everything that Bryan Cranston is in. And the same goes for this movie. Not over the top violence like some of the drug cartel movies are since it was based on the true story. So if you are looking for constant violence with a high body count this isn't the movie for you. Make sure to stick around at the end to see the status on all the actual people portrayed in the movie.
Nicholas D. GoughReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must-see
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Wow!

This is a great film. Bryan Cranston is simple excellent, and the rest of the cast is so convincing that at the end, you expect more. However, the film had to end.

The story told is true, after doing some quick research on it, but some of it was dramatized a bit, to pull it together for a 2-hour film.

This is not a bang-bang movie with a lot of violence. There is some, as that drug game is very dangerous and indiscriminately violent, but it is not looked upon with acceptance by the undercover officers. They are human and are out there to save lives, not take them or enjoy seeing someone be killed as did some of the horrible criminals in the film. It is more a story of how this undercover work took place and the struggles those officers underwent in their duty to protect us.

Another, recent film to see which addresses a criminal element in another very seedy business, weapons, is the film "War Dogs". That is also an excellent true story. Each of these films almost make the stomach churn with the complete focus on attaining money at any cost. Each are highly acclaimed films with harrowing stories to tell; and both take place in Florida. I hope everyone can see each one. Real life is much more dramatic and dangerous than any fictional story told in a movie.
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