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The Infiltrator (2016)

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A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

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A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

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The true story of one man against the biggest drug cartel in history


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Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,303,775 (USA) (15 July 2016)

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$15,425,870 (USA) (23 September 2016)
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The picture began to take shape as a movie when director Brad Furman read Robert Mazur's 2009 memoir "The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel". The book, recommended to Furman by his long-time producing partner Don Sikorski, details how Mazur risked his life to expose corrupt banking executives and drug traffickers with minimal resources. See more »

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The skyline of Miami is of present day and the film is supposed to based in 1985. See more »

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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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La Vida Es Muy Bonita
Written by Paulino Salgado (as Paulino Salgado 'Batata')
Performed by Paulino Salgado (as Batata) y Su Rumba Palenquera
Courtesy of Palenque Records
By arrangement with Fine Gold Music
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Twizard Rating: 80
21 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are many reasons to like The Infiltrator. It takes place in the '80s, it's suspenseful, and it gives us a really gritty inside look at what life is like for a good guy who goes undercover to work with the Colombian drug cartel.

Which is what Bryan Cranston's character does. He's a guy on the verge of retirement and could easily leave to spend time with his wife and kids, but takes this one last job. And it proves to be the toughest one yet as he poses as a money launderer to try and take down Pablo Escobar's entire drug trafficking network.

It takes place in the Reagan-'80s and so there's this whole overt camera filter over the whole film. It's not too distracting, but it's also not terribly necessary. But it's minor.

The whole thing plays out as one giant sting operation. And the filmmakers understand that in a 2 hour movie, you don't need to run through all the details in one quick dialogue-filled scene. However, it would've been nice if they had given us a little more along the way.

It starts unraveling a little over an hour in. There's about a 30 minute stretch where you're looking at the person sitting next to you saying, "What's happening?" There's a lot left unexplained, but I guess there was more concern about the movie not becoming any longer.

The film is long at 127 minutes, but it's never really an issue. We need the time to process what's happening and for Cranston's character to evolve over the course of the film.

It tightens back up in the home stretch, culminating in an emotionally impressive final scene.

The always-under-appreciated John Leguizamo plays Cranston's partner and does a very good and believable job.

There seems to be this slightly neglected theme intermittently placed throughout the film about the American economy collapsing without laundered money. It's an interesting idea and one that should have been touched upon way more.

Twizard Rating: 80


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