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The Infiltrator review: Cartel hit right on the money

By Damon Smith

Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) is a federal agent who realises the authorities must change tack to make a serious dent in the drug trafficking.

They must follow the money back to source, rather than concentrate on small-time drug deals. Robert goes undercover as larger-than-life businessman Bob Musella and infiltrates the drugs world by offering to launder millions through legit investments.

His plan is to target the Colombian cartel of Pablo Escobar by hoodwinking the kingpin's second-in-command Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt) and 'money-man' Ospina (Yul Vazquez).

When the undercover operation unexpectedly calls for Musella to have a fiancee, rookie Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger), is drafted into the role to avoid arousing suspicion, while streetwise fellow agent Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) offers valuable assistance behind the scenes.

Based on Mazur's eye-opening memoirs, The Infiltrator is a stylish 1980s-set thriller about a family man, who suddenly found himself leading one of the biggest stings in history.

Three stars

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