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?