Bryan Cranston is excellent in this tense thriller based on the real-life operation to snare drugs cartel kingpin, Pablo Escobar.
Cranston plays an undercover US customs official who positions himself close to one of Escobar’s lieutenants to gain access to ‘El Patron’.
You might find some of the dialogue in The Infiltrator a little wooden but it is a thrilling yarn and a convincingly staged, yet nuanced, 1980s crime piece that manages to pack a punch without resorting to the gratuitous gun-porn of Scarface or Carlitos Way. However, that’s not to say it is not violent – it most assuredly is but its cleverly punctuated outbursts are always en pointe to the storyline and Cranston’s character gives nothing away as the man seeking justice by any means necessary – even as the deadly consequences of his actions fall on his friends and new business associates.
The Infiltrator – Monday at 11.20pm on Sky Cinema Premier