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The Infiltrator Review: Solid Film Based On A True Story Pertaining To Pablo Escobar

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Well most people in the entertainment world were asking where is Bryan Cranston? What has he done after arguably the greatest hit drama on the planet Breaking Bad was over? Will he ever do a movie again?

These questions have been answer with his role in the movie “The Infiltrator.” Based on a true story, Cranston along with a talented supporting cast makes it a very entertaining movie for those that like investigating work, especially if Pablo Escobar is part of it.

The film is set in the 1980s when U.S. Customs Service special agent Robert Mazur goes undercover as “Bob Musella” along with his partner in becoming a drug lord, infiltrating the world’s largest cartel, orchestra by Escobar, and took the down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. This bank taken illegal ownership of First American Bank shares in Washington D.C., which was critical for the success of the cartel and Escobar.

While the movie took most of the important events from history and try to reenact the scene as real as possible, it somewhat stood out well. Cranston still shows the world why he’s one of the best actors. He played up to par on his skill set, understanding the ways of being an undercover agent. Cranston was use to playing the savvy chemist Walter White in Breaking Bad, so this role wasn’t hard to master.

Now for the supporting cast, had up and down performances. John Leguizamo as Emir Abreu was a thumbs up. He really, really got into the mental aspect of his character, playing the cocky cop that knows all the answers, and loves his job no matter what. Diane Kurger as Kathy Ertz, the pretend wife of Musella, didn’t show much promise. It felt like watching a women trying to fit in with the group, not much flow or chemistry with Cranston and the others.

Everyone else, including the gang members, were scary, interesting and had a mob-like feeling. Benjamin Bratt as Roberto Alcaino was a yin and yang type of character. You would understand his thoughts as a drug lord on trust and not being betrayed by anyone (in this case with Cranston, it was sad to see that when they were developing a friendship).

Even the action felt heart-pounding and a sense of suspense in most scenes of the movie, especially when even being an undercover agent can be risky. Fear starts to go into the agent, which Cranston shown throughout the film. Heck even the soundtrack corresponded to those moments.

Overall, if you like to know how the cartel business is or seeing Pablo Escobar in the movie with his minions, watch this movie. Cranston makes it solid and the cast is okay at best. While it may not have every exact moment from history, it pertains the necessary premise of the cartel losing so much money in one decade.

6 out of 10

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