As an undercover agent, part of Robert Mazur’s (Bryan Cranston) job is to get as close as he can to the target. It’s a dangerous job, but for Mazur, it’s also part of the thrill. When intel comes in regarding a drug money laundering scheme involving the Colombian cartel, Mazur jumps at the chance to head the operation. As his alter ego Bob Musella, he begins to follow the money, and eventually finds himself doing business (and making friends) with Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt), Pablo Escobar’s right-hand man. As the investigation continues, it reveals clear ties to government agencies and corrupt bankers, all of whom have become dependent on the massive amount of money floating around. As Mazur’s obsession with taking town the cartel continues, things become increasingly dangerous, not only for him, but also the other agents and for his family.
Supported by a stellar cast, Cranston does a great job portraying Bob Mazur. I think it’s difficult to tell such a big story in such a short amount of time, and sometimes things seemed a little muddy. All in all though, a really good film. Rated R. Also featuring: Amy Ryan, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, and Olympia Dukakis.