review: the infiltrator (2016)

SYNOPSIS (IMDB): A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: 8.6/10

ACTING: 9.5/10 *
CINEMATOGRAPHY: 7.8/10 **
NARRATIVE/SCREENPLAY: 9/10
SCORE: 8/10

REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE: A powerful story carried by an even stronger cast.

* Bryan Cranston is a god, there is no doubt about that. For me however, the star of this was John Leguizamo, playing Cranston’s undercover partner, Emir Abreu. Fun fact – Leguizamo has actually been cast as Pablo Escobar himself in upcoming film, El Patron. Pretty excited about that one.

** The cinematography was actually quite good. What ruined it for me was the colour grade. Scenes seemed to jump so abruptly from one look to another – which may have been an intentional choice – but it just was just way too distracting for me and kept taking me out of the story. The whites also seemed to be crazily blown out in a few scenes, and there was just so much noise in most of the shots, which was also extremely distracting.

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