THE INFILTRATOR = 8
In a word: Complicated.
It’s a good movie, but tough to keep up with.
The U.S. customs investigation story center on under cover U.S. Customs agent, Robert Mazur (played by journeyman actor Bryan Cranston) who uncovers an enormous money laundering scheme in 1985, which leads to the inner workings of Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. Based mostly in Miami and Tampa, the storyline is busy, fast, blurry and full of inner sanctum spying and counter-spying and a fair amount of underworld murders.
But there was a certain realism to the script, played well by the actors. The mystery is how the Mazur character could continue to infiltrate the underworld without being detected, which – in true life – resulted in a massive number of arrests in 1985 which jailed many high ranking kingpins and business moguls for many years.
Particularly impressive is the integrity of Mazur who, despite lying to every crook in the world and mingling with the sleaze by necessity, managed to remain true-blue to his wife, despite opportunity after opportunity to stray. This is a typical example how he, and his partners in law enforcement working vice, get virtually addicted to their jobs.…