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The Informer Movie Details

Directed by Andrea Di Stefano
Produced by
  • Basil Iwanyk
  • Erica Lee
  • Mark Lane
  • Robert Jones
  • James Harris
  • Wayne Marc Godfrey
Screenplay by
  • Matt Cook
  • Andrea Di Stefano
  • Rowan Joffe
Based on Three Seconds by Roslund/Hellström
Starring
  • Joel Kinnaman
  • Rosamund Pike
  • Common
  • Ana de Armas
  • Clive Owen
Music by Brooke Blair Will Blair
Cinematography Daniel Katz
Edited by Job ter Burg
Production company
  • Thunder Road Pictures
  • The Fyzz Facility
Distributed by
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (United Kingdom)
  • Aviron Pictures (United States)
Release date
  • August 30, 2019 (United Kingdom)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

 

Pete Koslow (Joel Kinnaman) is a former convict, now working with FBI agent Wilcox (Rosamund Pike) to take down a drug lord known as The General (Eugene Lipinski). Following a failed sting operation, Koslow is given a dangerous ultimatum, which for the sake of his wife (Ana de Armas) and daughter (Karma Meyer) he is left with no choice but to accept. Constantly played and betrayed, Koslow must figure out who he can trust if he is to be with his family again.

This is an odd little thriller. I went in with expectations of mediocrity, but while I was watching it I actually found that I was quite enjoying being caught up in the suspense of it all. The way the story is weaved together does mostly work in that I couldn’t tell what was going to happen at the end. I didn’t know if Koslow would end up free or in jail; or if agent Wilcox was going to be on his side or not. I didn’t know whether Koslow’s wife and/or daughter would be safe; or if they would ever see him again. There are a couple of characters who are obviously good and obviously bad, but for the most part, the lines were blurred.

I thought Kinnaman, Pike and de Armas were all perfectly solid. Common gave us a typically dependable supporting turn as an NYPD cop. Even though he didn’t have a lot of screen time, I also thought Lipinski played a decent part. The only performance that I can really criticize was that of Clive Owen, who played a senior FBI official. I’m not sure what was happening with his accent, but it was muddled, to say the least. It also felt as though he was still learning the script, as he looked to me like an actor going through the motions, rather than one who was confidently in character.

As much as I was caught up in the film while watching it yesterday, I’m sitting here this morning, writing this review and wondering why I should justify rating it 7/10 – which is what I immediately thought I’d go for upon leaving the cinema. The problem is I can’t. I’m now not so sure whether the film was as good as I initially thought. I had to look up all the character names again and remind myself of parts of the plot. What I’m trying to say is that The Informer, although decent while watching it, simply isn’t very memorable.

It’s quite difficult to decide whether this is a film I would recommend or not. I certainly thought it was better than expected when I saw it yesterday, but today I’m feeling less inclined to throw praise around. I think perhaps this is one of those films where it’s definitely worth a watch when available to stream or buys on DVD, but I wouldn’t encourage anyone to pay to see it at the cinema.

 

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