12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.
Literature professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation, is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?
Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.
The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
During the 1980s, U.S. Customs Service special agent Robert Mazur uses his undercover alias "Bob Musella" to become a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. Later, he infiltrates the world's largest cartel, and helps expose the money-laundering organization of drug lord Pablo Escobar and take down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, which had secretly taken illegal ownership of First American Bank shares in Washington, D.C. He survives the deception and has a long and productive career.
Before production began, actor Bryan Cranston spent several days with Robert Mazur observing his role model up close and personal. "Spending time with Bob, I really got a sense of what it takes to live this dichotomy of two different lifestyles," Cranston said. "He has this very specific, methodical way about him, I would say that Bob's actually OCD [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder]. He can't stand things that are out of place, like even when he rolls up his sleeves, Bob wants them to have a nice even roll. I thought it was essential to show this in the movie." See more »
The Budweiser beer bottles used in the movie have the 'Bud' neck label, not used on bottles in 1985. See more »
Roberto, I am glad you are here. But there is a part of me that wishes you hadn't taken that risk.
Without family or friends what kinda world it is be. There will be no reason to be alive. Hmm? It's a good day.
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Written by Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Canada/SMI NY * Sharon Robinson Songs (ASCAP)
Administered by Wixen Music UK Ltd.
Published by Sony/ATV SOngs LLC See more »
LJ's QR: Solid Movie & Great Performances
LJ'S QUICK MOVIE REVIEW
"I think we've been doing this backward. We've been following the drugs to get to the bad guys. What if we chased the money?"
"The Infiltrator", starring Bryan Cranston, follows the fascinating tale of Robert Mazur, a U.S. Customs Agent who goes undercover in a drug cartel.
The stakes are extremely high. If Mazur's disguise isn't convincing, he will be brutally tortured and murdered. He, along with his two partners, have to deal with intelligent drug-lords, ruthless thugs, and shrewd businessmen. Watch as the trio concoct risky plans and false identities while avoiding the suspicion of their targets.
The severe tension is truly felt through the amazing performances. Cranston steals the show, while Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, and Emir Areu are all top-notch. There are nerve-wracking moments where viewers sincerely fear for the characters' safety.
Overall, "The Infiltrator" is a riveting and complex movie with great direction and superb acting. If crime-dramas are your cup of tea, I highly recommend watching it.
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