Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Infiltrator

I know what you're thinking, because I was thinking the same thing.  Haven't there been enough movies and TV shows lately about Pablo Escobar?  And do we really want to see Bryan Cranston in yet another drug role (albeit on the other side of the law)?  Plus, prestige films like this (at least the good ones) aren't generally released in the dog days of summer.  So that's suspect.  These were the mental hurdles I had to get over to get in the right state of mind for The Infiltrator.  But the good news is, a good movie does that work for you and puts you in the mood.  And The Infiltrator is most certainly a good movie.  Cranston is great, as always, playing an undercover agent trying to take down a group of money launderers working for Pablo Escobar.  You can't help but wax nostalgic, at least a little, about Breaking Bad, but it doesn't really get in the way of enjoying this film.  And thankfully, it's significantly different than Narcos, or the underseen gem, Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio Del Toro.  It seems Hollywood is big enough for more than one good story about an 80's drug lord.  I'm just surprised this one came out in July.  It's certainly worthy of being a year end release for awards consideration, as we all know voters (other than yours truly) have short memories.

Grade: A-

Who is this movie for?  There's an embarrassment of riches out this month if you dig the specialty titles.  This is one of them and you should see it, if you like gritty dramas.  Wish I could say the same for the wide release popcorn films.  They've all been pretty underwhelming.

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