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The Infiltrator
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11.15.2016 By: Lauren Bradshaw
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Director:
Brad Furman

Actors:
Bryan Cranston
Diane Kruger
John Leguizamo

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Based on a true story, veteran undercover federal agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) is faced with his most difficult mission yet, infiltrating Pablo Escobar's lucrative drug cartel. With his dodgy professional life breathing down his neck, Mazur's personal life is the first to suffer.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE INFILTRATOR was an entertaining movie-going surprise for me this year. I'm a sucker for espionage thrillers involving undercover agents and/or covert operations, especially if they are based on a true story. And when you throw the incredibly talented Bryan Cranston in the mix, it's hard not to create a compelling film. Consider this film the first step down down a captivating rabbit hole, enticing you to learn more about undercover agents working to infiltrate drug cartels in the 80s, and specifically, the many personas of Robert Mazur.

Although the film is entertaining, let me be clear; THE INFILTRATOR is not breaking any new ground when it comes to the genre of spy/undercover agent thrillers. There are some cheesy, clichéd scenes sprinkled throughout the film, as well as themes not thoroughly explored. And, let's be real, it's not even that original to have Bryan Cranston cozying up to drug dealers, thus being presented with more moral dilemmas than he can count. But what the film does well is show the personal and psychological pitfalls of living with multiple personas, squarely in the "grey area".

Because the film is centered so heavily around Mazur, it is up to Cranston to anchor the film with a stellar performance. No surprise, he pulls it off; watching his character arc is the highlight of the film. Lesser actors would just read what was on the page, but, no surprise, Cranston brings incredible depth and experience to the role. Fantastic supporting performances from John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, and Diane Kruger further bolster the film. When you find out the real backstories behind their characters, it seems they could also have movies made about them.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary with Director Brad Furman and Bryan Cranston

Deleted Scenes- Five deleted scenes with the ability to "play all" or play individually: "The Name"; "Hide and Seek"; "Emergencies Only"; "The Almighty Dollar"; "Cop or Robber".

The Three Bobs- A quick look at the different personas of Robert Mazur. There is Bob Mazur the middle-class family man, Bob Mangioni a street-level crook, and Bob Musella a businessman/money launderer who works for the mob. The clip features interviews with Bryan Cranston and the real Robert Mazur (in shadow). Mazur briefly explains how he developed each identity, all named Bob.

How To Infiltrate- A quick three-part featurette that describes the elements of being an undercover agent. Each part has interviews with the actors and the real Robert Mazur, Kathy Ertz, and Emir Abreu, who describe their training as undercover agents. Ertz and Abreu don't seem to have a problem showing their face in these interviews, unlike Mazur. Part 1 (Psychology); Part 2 (Identity); Part 3 (Danger).
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
What THE INFILTRATOR lacks in overall originality, it makes up for in a top-notch cast, chomping at the bit to develop deeper layers with their characters. The fact many of the real people involved in the story are present for the Blu-Ray extras and Cranston is involved in the audio commentary makes this one you want for your collection, especially since rentals don't usually let you watch the special features. Maybe just wait for the price to drop a little...
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