Unfortunately, as he performs the acting equivalent of triple backflips, Cranston isn't given much of a safety net from the script or direction.
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At times, The Infiltrator feels like a movie we’ve seen before, but deft performances and Furman’s sharp sense of the era transform it into an engrossing drama.
Furman’s film paints in various shades of gray as opposed to the blacks and whites typical to this genre, and for that he and Cranston deserve praise.
Its clunky incidents of exposition leave us with no real understanding of what anyone is thinking or feeling.
The movie rises thanks to an ace in the hole: Bryan Cranston, whose stirring star turn hooks us completely.
Bryan Cranston gives the most authentic and lived-in performance as an agent pretending to be a criminal that I have ever seen.
When all that’s taken into account, The Infiltrator feels like a TV mini series squished into two hours, with the budget, supporting cast and period piece compromises to match.
Cranston turns every moment of duplicity, which is to say nearly every scene of The Infiltrator, into an emotionally textured high-wire act.
The Infiltrator is an evocative crime drama, anchored by Cranston's gift for playing internal conflict with wordless expression and that deep, clinched voice.
A moderately engaging thriller that coasts along without ever evolving into the more riveting character study it has the potential to be.