The Infiltrator (2016) is a crime drama about a U.S. Customs Service agent, Robert Mazur, who infiltrates the drug underworld using the alias Bob Musella. It leads him to the key players under Pablo Escobar and their money laundering schemes. This adaptation is based from Mazur’s own book and the screenplay is written by Ellen Sue Brown. It is directed by Brad Furman and stars Bryan Cranston as Bob Musella, John Leguizamo as Emir Abreu, Diane Kruger as Kathy Ertz. Other cast include Juliet Aubrey as Evelyn Mazur, Joseph Gilgun as Dominic, Yul Vazquez as Javier Ospina, Michael Paré as Barry Seal, Benjamin Bratt as Roberto Alcaino, and Elena Anaya as Gloria Alcaino, and Carsten Hayes as Rudy Armbrecht. It has a MPAA rating of R for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual content and drug material. It is 2 hours and 7 minutes long.
The film opens with Mazur finishing an undercover operation, only to be sucked into another one after some convincing by Emir Abreu. With the help of Abreu and Dominic, Bob Musella takes shape and works his way up the underworld food chain where he goes through a series of tests. Operation C-Chase would last two years, which proved hard on himself, but he eventually finds himself where he wants to be. He is now near the top of the food chain and befriends Robert Alcaino and his wife, Gloria. Mazur likes to work alone, but is given no choice to work with another undercover agent named Kathy Ertz. She plays his fun-loving fiancée who has an eye for finer things, but as they continue to work as a team, Ertz becomes even more of a vital part of their undercover operation. Using the backdrop of a wedding as the operation comes to a close, it is clear to Mazur and Ertz that even though you are paid to bring down the “bad guys” it doesn’t mean relationships aren’t formed. By the end of Operation C-Chase, these were broken as well as the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) members arrested and charged. I give The Infiltrator a rating of 90%.