The Infiltrator is the story of how an undercover customs officer up for retirement infiltrates a complicated Colombian drug operation. Robert Musella (Brian Cranston) is the alias of the veteran undercover customs agent following the cash in this operation led by the infamous Pablo Escobar. Set during the mid-1980s in Tampa, Musella works his way through the various levels of the organization as a finical advisor. His fellow agents Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger) and Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) are undercover with him, but one misstep could be the end not only for him but also for those he loves. This film is based off a true story.imgres copy 3
The movie stays true to the harsh reality of the illegal drug market, including never knowing if you will come home at night or who you can trust in the multiple layers of the organization. Since the film revolves around a Columbian drug ring in southern Florida, movie contains Spanish scattered throughout the film. Thankfully there are subtitles. You can understand the general plot without them, but they do seem to help with some of the finer details. The dual language helps set the tone of the movie, as the characters who speak the language are part of the “club.”imgres-66
This film is rightfully rated R. Violence and drug material alone would be enough to get the rating, but there is also some sexual content and language. The violence is intense, and if you are not a fan of guns or drugs, skip this one. It is what you would expect from an undercover agent in a boys’ club industry type movie. Lots of drugs, pretty women, drinks, lavish gifts, and becoming upset when someone is offended or betrayed are featured throughout.imgres-65
I should tell you, I am typically not a huge fan of action movies. Gun violence is not my thing, nor is watching someone bloodily die. The film definitely had me on the edge of my seat as the stakes were high, and a misstep would prove to be deadly. In my opinion, it was a little predictable, but there were enough surprises to keep me interested. If you are a fan of suspense and violence, this is the movie for you. For me, I give this movie a C+, but a fan of something like this would probably rate it higher. I watched it all the way through, but if I watched it at home, I probably would not have finished it (or started it, for that matter).
Mary Elizabeth Herries

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