The Infiltrator

The Infiltrator

DVD - 2016
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An American Customs official uncovers a money-laundering scheme involving a Colombian drug lord.
Audience: OFA rating: 14A.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Broad Green Pictures, 2016.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Infil
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English dubbed in Spanish with Spanish subtitles.

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Onewhoissaved
Apr 26, 2017

I was not impressed with the acting of chief star Bryan Cranston. John Leguizamo was too embracing of his role as the eager Customs agent; anyone could have done as well with the dialog. The movie's overall efforts to make the highest position in the drug cartel a decent human being almost works. But, we should make no mistakes that drugs are the ruination of the mind, soul, and body of those falling prey. Those who sells these drugs that ruin the lives of the users should be shot in some cases and in others sent to prison for life!

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firefly5
Apr 22, 2017

I found this movie a little difficult to follow. I know it was an undercover drug and money laundering sting, but sometimes the good guys and bad guys were somewhat difficult to tell apart. So much swearing and violence. I did appreciate the undercover agents integrity regarding his marriage. Real or not?

Based on a book by undercover U.S. Customs Special Agent Robert Mazur about a sting operation directed at the Medellin Cartel and the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), this, sadly, is a movie we have all seen before. The interesting aspects of the story, that the U.S. Government (CIA and NSC) used BCCI ("the bank of crooks and criminals") to fund the Reagan administration's illegal Iran-Contra activities, are merely elliptically mentioned. On the upside, the performances are good. Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt all do a fine job. And who doesn't love Diane Krueger?

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gingin1972
Mar 11, 2017

Good movie!

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 10, 2017

As a crime thriller involving very dangerous undercover police work this one is an OK watch. Not very highly engaging in my view.

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drvanhowe
Jan 30, 2017

A great movie. Really holds your attention. Bryan Cranston is amazing in this film.

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 30, 2016

I can’t pretend that I understood exactly what was going on, except Bryan Cranston was playing an undercover agent going after cocaine dealers and the banks that were helping in the money laundering. One thing that limits the film from being great is that some of the characters were not well enough developed. It could be that the producers wanted to keep the film at 2 hours.

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jimg2000
Nov 30, 2016

Just noticed that this B/R is not tied to its regular DVD viewer contents. Anyway, my comment on Nov 18, 2016 (with a bunch of "Quotes" in DVD version:)

Not too crazy with the jagged pace and dated undercover activities in the film which was based on ~ five years during the 1980's when a U.S. Customs special agent Robert Mazur worked undercover as a money launderer referenced in his 2009 book "The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel." It was amazing how those greedy bankers, who seemed primitive and naive crooks now, were taken down by "Operation C-Chase." Like "Black Mass- James 'Whitey' Bulger 2015," it suffered from a highly compressed story and few elements of surprise.

lotuslori_8 Nov 21, 2016

What should have been a compelling story was spoiled by a poor screenplay. For example, if the bad guys could send a parcel to the agent's home where his real family lived, then wouldn't they know his true identity?

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jimg2000
Nov 18, 2016

Not too crazy with the jagged pace and dated undercover activities in the film which was based on ~ five years during the 1980's when a U.S. Customs special agent Robert Mazur worked undercover as a money launderer referenced in his 2009 book "The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel." It was amazing how those greedy bankers, who seemed primitive and naive crooks now, were taken down by "Operation C-Chase." Like "Black Mass- James 'Whitey' Bulger 2015," it suffered from a highly compressed story and few elements of surprise.

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jimg2000
Nov 30, 2016

Originally posted on Nov 18, 2016:

No, listen, actually Ospina's nickname is La Mina, you know. It means two things in Spanish. Gold mine or land mine. With him you never know.
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I mean, why are you even doing this, Bob? Why do you even bother? I mean, I heard about the retirement they offered you. You, the wife, and kids, you guys could be playing cricket on a yacht, eating early... Whatever it is that fxcking white people do when you retire.
===
You been sleeping in your office again, counselor?
-Why would I go home? So many wonderful criminals and perverts to hang out with.
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I think that we've been doing this backwards. We've been following the drugs to get to the bad guys.
What if we chase the money to get to the bad guys? The real power up at the top.

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jimg2000
Nov 30, 2016

All of my cash, this economic renaissance, this new Miami. The economy is addicted to drugs. You know who's the biggest money launderer in the US?
-Well, I thought it was me. No?
No. Your Federal Reserve Bank. It's called the anonymous window. They accept pallet loads of cash that used to be drug pesos, hundreds of millions of dollars from my country's central bank, no questions asked. If your government didn't have my dirty money, your economy would collapse.
===
Never trust an animal without a jockey on its back.
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It's who you know, Mazur. Now go out and get to know whoever it takes to make me look like I rubbed the right dick. ... It's a metaphor.

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jimg2000
Nov 30, 2016

Idea of the month goes to Mazur. Operation C-Chase. Capital "C" for cash. Washington wants to make C-Chase the biggest bust in US Customs history.
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But no demand, no supply. And there are a lot of folks with noses. God gave us free will, so who am I to stand in the way of someone who wants to indulge in self-destructive behavior. ... The politicians think it's a drug war, shoot them up, Dirty Harry, but I say it's a business like any other. Profits up, people come, profits down, they leave, by any means necessary. The only difference is, in my business, nothing good ever comes in the absence of trust. Without it there is no loyalty. And when there is no loyalty, it never ends well.

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jimg2000
Nov 30, 2016

Aunt Vicky, what do you want from me?
-Bobby, Bobby, Bobby. Please, dear. Don't be Bobby Loser. Be Bobby Somebody.
===
Roberto, I'm glad you're here. But there is a part of me that wishes you hadn't taken that risk.
-Without family or friends, what kind of world would this be? There would be no reason to be alive.
===
Gentlemen, if you'll excuse me, it's my bedtime.
-Mr. Bob, the night is still young.
Yes, it is, but not for a man who trades money in 10 time zones.
===
Bankers, all they are is crooked men with capes. Only they have suits, like Superman.
-Except, they're maybe like the Joker.

j
jimg2000
Nov 18, 2016

No, listen, actually Ospina's nickname is La Mina, you know. It means two things in Spanish. Gold mine or land mine. With him you never know.
===
I mean, why are you even doing this, Bob? Why do you even bother? I mean, I heard about the retirement they offered you. You, the wife, and kids, you guys could be playing cricket on a yacht, eating early... Whatever it is that fxcking white people do when you retire.
===
You been sleeping in your office again, counselor?
-Why would I go home? So many wonderful criminals and perverts to hang out with.
===
I think that we've been doing this backwards. We've been following the drugs to get to the bad guys.
What if we chase the money to get to the bad guys? The real power up at the top.

j
jimg2000
Nov 18, 2016

All of my cash, this economic renaissance, this new Miami. The economy is addicted to drugs. You know who's the biggest money launderer in the US?
-Well, I thought it was me. No?
No. Your Federal Reserve Bank. It's called the anonymous window. They accept pallet loads of cash that used to be drug pesos, hundreds of millions of dollars from my country's central bank, no questions asked. If your government didn't have my dirty money, your economy would collapse.
===
Never trust an animal without a jockey on its back.
===
It's who you know, Mazur. Now go out and get to know whoever it takes to make me look like I rubbed the right dick. ... It's a metaphor.

j
jimg2000
Nov 18, 2016

Idea of the month goes to Mazur. Operation C-Chase. Capital "C" for cash. Washington wants to make C-Chase the biggest bust in US Customs history.
===
But no demand, no supply. And there are a lot of folks with noses. God gave us free will, so who am I to stand in the way of someone who wants to indulge in self-destructive behavior. ... The politicians think it's a drug war, shoot them up, Dirty Harry, but I say it's a business like any other. Profits up, people come, profits down, they leave, by any means necessary. The only difference is, in my business, nothing good ever comes in the absence of trust. Without it there is no loyalty. And when there is no loyalty, it never ends well.

j
jimg2000
Nov 18, 2016

Aunt Vicky, what do you want from me?
-Bobby, Bobby, Bobby. Please, dear. Don't be Bobby Loser. Be Bobby Somebody.
===
Roberto, I'm glad you're here. But there is a part of me that wishes you hadn't taken that risk.
-Without family or friends, what kind of world would this be? There would be no reason to be alive.
===
Gentlemen, if you'll excuse me, it's my bedtime.
-Mr. Bob, the night is still young.
Yes, it is, but not for a man who trades money in 10 time zones.
===
Bankers, all they are is crooked men with capes. Only they have suits, like Superman.
-Except, they're maybe like the Joker.

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