Posted by: greercn | October 3, 2016

The Infiltrator

Bryan Cranston repeats bits of Walter in “Breaking Bad”. This movie feels like a very superior episode of “Miami Vice”.

Stylish, dramatic and steeped in the world of big drug deals, Cranston plays an undercover agent going after Pablo Escobar and his associates.

Set in 1986, it’s based on former U.S. customs agent Ron Mazur’s book. But there are a couple of big scenes in which you are watching extra scenes filmed for “Breaking Bad” or “Miami Vice”.

If you never heard of “Breaking Bad” or “Miami Vice”, these are the TV shows that set the template for how Hollywood handles drug dramas.

You get lots of loveliness. You get sudden violence. And everyone wears really nice clothes and eats in superior restaurants.

There is splendid acting by John Leguizamo, Juliet Aubrey, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, Elena Anaya, Amy Ryan and Art Malik and many others.

At times, there are so many people involved in a scene that it’s hard to keep up.

It looks great and the music is perfect. I would have liked a slightly more real sense of danger in the undercover operations. The few very frightening scenes are the best, in this.

A very-full Stratford East Picturehouse oohed and aahed, at places. They were moved. I have probably seen too many similar films and I didn’t say “ooh” or “aah”.

Still, if you like Cranston, as I do, you’ll find much to enjoy.

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