Movie Review: The Infiltrator (M18)
The Infiltrator is like the Hollywood version of the 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs.
Similar to Tony Leung's undercover cop who infiltrates a triad, Bryan Cranston plays Robert Mazur, a federal undercover agent who struggles to stay alive as he poses as a money launderer in a sting operation against Pablo Escobar's Colombian drug cartel in this film adaptation of Mazur's autobiography.
Fast-paced and heart-stopping, there is never a moment of boredom as we watch him try to gain the trust of merciless drug lords while constantly having to watch his own back.
Besides invoking the question of "Is he going to make it?", The Infiltrator strikes a deeper emotional chord, making us reflect on the true friendships between Mazur and his criminal buddies, and how it genuinely pains him to have them captured in the end.