I swear, no one knows how to kill a story harder than Hollywood. I don't know whether it's their fetish for Latino drug dramas or if they are truly are fascinated by Pablo Escobar. Either way, here we are with yet another story about the Colombian cocaine kingpin in THE INFILTRATOR, the year after Narcos became the new bingewatch craze on Netflix.
But anyway. Bryan Cranston, because you know how Hollywood loves to tell a Latino narrative through the eyes of a white man, plays a federal agent who goes undercover to try to take down Escobar. But not without the help of fellow agent (John Leguizamo) and a liutenant (played by Benjamin Bratt), because if cinematic history has taught us anything it's that every time a white man presents himself as a threat to the Latino drug war he has to align himself with actual Latinos to get the job done. Just saying.
Based on a true story, Federal agent ROBERT "BOB" MAZUR (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent EMIR ABREU (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent posing as his fiancé KATHY ERTZ (Diane Kruger), Mazur befriends Escobar's top lieutenant ROBERTO ALCAINO (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, Mazur risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world.
Watch the trailer:
Looks decent with a great cast (which also includes Diane Kruger, Olympia Dukakis, and Amy). And director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) definitely needs to redeem himself after the forgettable Runner Runner. I'm going to have to be cautiously optimistic about this one.
THE INFILTRATOR comes to theaters July 13.