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Film / The Infiltrator

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The Infiltrator is a 2016 American biographical crime thriller directed by Brad Furman that has a US Customs Agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) going undercover as a corrupt businessman to help bust Pablo Escobar's money laundering in the 1980s.

The movie also stars Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo, Saïd Taghmaoui, Joe Gilgun, and Amy Ryan.

It was released on July 13, 2016.

Tropes for the film:

  • The Film of the Book: Based on Robert Mazur's biography of the same name.
  • The Infiltration: Robert worms his way into the Escobar drug cartel to help take it down.
  • Period Piece: Takes place in the 1980s during The War on Drugs.
  • Shaking the Rump: Robert lampshades how he's going to look at the ass of his 'favorite waitress' as she walks away after taking his order. She puts on an exaggerated shake for him.
  • Undercover as Lovers: US Customs Agent Robert Mazur is married, so he turns down a beautiful prostitute arranged for him by the bad guys. To keep his cover he tells them he's engaged, but then Customs insists on providing a female agent as his fiancee. She turns out to be quite good at her role, though there's this moment of sexual tension when they almost have Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex after witnessing a murder. There's also an unpleasant scene when a criminal comes across him having an anniversary dinner with his real wife. He has to pretend she's his secretary who he's rewarding for her good work, and then (to the shock of his wife) insults and brutally assaults the waiter for bringing him the 'wrong' cake (marked Happy Anniversary).