Bryan Cranston, despite a comedic claim to fame in the family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, is perhaps best known for his role in AMC’s critically acclaimed drama, Breaking Bad, for his mesmerizing (often terrifying) portrayal of Walter White, a suburban chemistry teacher who rises to the top of the crystal meth market. The role, which earned Cranston countless accolades and awards, showcased his acting chops in a way that grabbed Hollywood’s attention. Now, the former meth dealer and One Who Knocks will be returning to the drug trade in the upcoming film, The Infiltrator – but will be sitting on the opposite end of the interrogation table.
The first Infiltrator trailer, which dropped online not too far back, introduces Cranston as Bob Mazur, a real-life DEA agent who goes undercover in 1986 to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking ring. Once he earns the infamous drug lord’s trust, posing as a slick money-laundering businessman named Bob Musella, Mazur spends the following five years dismantling Escobar’s nefarious operation from the inside. Excitingly, distributor Broad Green Pictures has now released the second trailer for the film (see above) and it really hones in on the tension and nail-biting nature of Mazur’s lawful enterprise.
The trailer opens up with Cranston’s deep, commanding voice: “This is what I do. I’m an undercover narcotics agent,” he says. “And I lie.” What follows is a sequence of heart-pounding cuts, from the white-walled offices of Washington D.C., to Florida’s neon nightclubs. “I think we’ve been doing this backwards,” Cranston (as Mazur) says. “We’ve been following the drugs to get the bad guys. What if we chase the money?”
Through quick, heart-stopping editing, the intensity of this new Infiltrator trailer becomes palpable as Mazur works to keep his cover, eventually befriending Escobar’s top lieutenant and right-hand man, Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt). Helping Mazur in the operation is impulsive fellow agent Emir Abreu (played by John Leguizamo), as well as rookie agent Kathy Ertz (played by Diane Kruger), who also poses as Mazur’s fiancé.
Cranston shines in the film’s second trailer (as he does in the first), which does a good job highlighting the danger inherent to bringing down Escobar’s empire—an operation where one false move will unleash the full wrath of the Cartel and get Mazur and his associates killed. Based on the true story of one of history’s biggest stings, Mazur eventually uncovers enough evidence to indict 85 drugs lords and corrupt bankers, bringing about the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International—one of the largest money-laundering banks on the world. Here’s hoping the film can ado justice to the real events that inspired it.
The Infiltrator arrives in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.
Source: Broad Green Pictures