I tend to make a point of seeing the smaller releases that come near me, and despite seeing almost no marketing materials on this film, I wanted to see it after seeing its cast and reading about its plot. Though it wasn't the best movie of the year, "The Infiltrator" definitely had some great moments.
The writing of the film, while not bad, was probably the weakest part of the film. It was often jumpy, but that never really led to confusion, however, a few scenes that were included seemed like they were unnecessary. There were also a few slow parts, however, those parts were few and far between, making most of the film was interesting. The characters in the script were also well developed, with the audience being able to care for the protagonists easily.
The acting of the film was easily the strongest part of the film. Bryan Cranston was as great as he always is. He was believable and likable, and could end up deserving recognition for his performance. John Leguizamo is also great, possessing many of the same qualities of Cranston. Other supporting actors, such as Benjamin Bratt, Diane Kruger, and Amy Ryan supplement Cranston well, adding either emotion or humor.
The film also has very good technical elements. The cinematography was very visually appealing, and only had one part that seemed a little overly artistic. The soundtrack is also great, but that's because it's set in the 80's.
So overall, I ended up really liking "The Infiltrator". It's not the best movie ever made, but it's well-done and a pretty good time at the movies. If you like true crime films, this is definitely worth checking out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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