(2016) (Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramatic Thriller: A federal narcotics agent risks everything as he goes undercover, posing as a money launderer, and tries to follow the drug money trail all of the way to drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
- It's the 1980s and Bob Mazur (BRYAN CRANSTON) is a narcotics agent assigned to battle the trafficking of cocaine from Colombia into the U.S. Married to Evelyn (JULIET AUBREY) and with two kids, the former accountant turned fed is good at working undercover alongside the likes of fellow agent Emir Abreu (JOHN LEGUIZAMO). Realizing they're getting nowhere trying to stop the influx of such drugs, Bob proposes to his boss, Bonni Tischler (AMY RYAN), that they instead follow the related money and that could lead them up the chain of command, maybe even to the drug kingpin himself, Pablo Escobar.
Getting low-level criminal Dominic (JOSEPH GILGUN) out of prison in exchange for necessary introductions at the bottom of the rung, Bob takes on the identity of money launder Robert Musella and initially finds himself in the company of the father-son drug men duo of Gonzalo Mora Sr. (SIMON ANDREU) and Gonzalo Mora Jr. (RUBEN OCHANDIANO). While with them and given a stripper as a present, Bob doesn't partake as he says he's engaged, later forcing Bonni to assign federal agent Kathy Ertz (DIANE KRUGER) to play his fiancée.
With this being her first undercover role, Bob knows full well the increasing dangers they'll face and that any slip-up in their ruse could be fatal. With that in mind, they continue their ascension through the drug empire ranks, meeting the likes of unstable money launderer Javier Ospina (YUL VASQUEZ) and finally Escobar's right-hand man, Roberto Alcaino (BENJAMIN BRATT). Bob and Kathy end up friendly with him and his wife, Gloria (ELENA ANAYA), all to the point that they develop some empathy for and camaraderie with the two. With a fake wedding coming up, Bob and Kathy find themselves somewhat conflicted as a huge drug bust looms on the horizon.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might be interested, especially if they're fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong violence, language throughout, some sexual content and drug material.
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