7-13-2016 MOVIE REVIEW: THE INFILTRATOR (2016)
Fans of undercover ops films like 1997’s “Donnie Brasco” will enjoy Brad Furman’s (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) 2016 crime/drama thriller, “The Infiltrator” based on the life of federal agent/accountant Robert Mazur and how he “infiltrated” Pablo Escobar’s cocaine ring bringing down a slew of drug lords, corrupt bankers and businessmen in the process. Bryan Cranston, who stars as Mazur, puts on another acting clinic demonstrating his versatility as an actor; remember just last year he played the blacklisted Hollywood director Dalton Trumbo and was simply brilliant. While there’s at times heavy doses of action scattered there-within, what makes “The Infiltrator” such an extraordinary picture is the buildup of suspense and tension that audience members know at some point is going to unravel (the tension and uncertainty heading into each scene is at times on the same level as 2007’s “No Country for Old Men”). I thoroughly enjoyed “The Infiltrator” and recommend seeing it in theaters. I give “The Infiltrator” 3.5 out of 4 Stars.