The Informer – Review

The Informer, directed by Andrea Di Stefano and starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Ana de Armas, Common and Clive Owen.

Pete Koslow (Joel Kinnaman) is an ex-convict who was recruited as an FBI informant by Agent Wilcox (Rosamund Pike) to disguise himself as a member of the drug mafia from the brutal Polish gangster led by Klimek (Eugene Lipinski). A chaos occurs when Pete is on duty to escort Stazek (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz), Klimek’s nephew, in drug transactions that occur outside Pete’s plan.

Unexpectedly the drug buyer is Gomez (Arturo Castro), an undercover police officer to expose a drug dealer syndicate. The crazy and cruel Stazek mercilessly killed Gomez and disrupted the plans for Koslow and Wilcox’s operations. Wilcox Commander, Montgomery (Clive Owen) also intervened and ordered Wilcox to resolve all problems arising from the case, including an investigation from Gomez’s boss named Grens (Common). Montgomery’s orders turned out to threaten Pete’s life in the midst of his efforts to maintain the confidentiality of his identity, while saving the lives and lives of his wife and children (Ana de Armas & Karma Meyer)

This crime drama genre film has a premise that is actually quite ordinary for the type of film type. With the spices of the dispute between the FBI agency and the police who have their respective missions and ignore the role of the informant who is in danger of life. The intrigue that began in the second half of the film was complicated by the increasing number of parties involved, not only from the Polish mafia, but also by black gangsters who were involved in Pete’s attempt to escape suspicion.

More Games Online dan Offline concentration is needed to understand Pete step by step, the FBI and police strategies and what exactly is planned by the Polish mafia leader Klimek. Fortunately the tense film tension helps the audience to focus and enjoy the excitement of the informant who painstakingly conceals his identity while fulfilling his duties.  

The 113-minute long film succeeded in giving an annoying antagonist to Stazek and was able to make the audience sympathetic to Pete’s character with his family. Wilcox, who promised to help bring Pete out, also experienced an inner conflict that made the audience hope that Wilcox would help Pete.

Production is technically nothing special in this film. Artically, cinematography, editing, cosmetology and fashion are also not too special, all playing their roles quite well with the exception of Brooke and Will Blair’s musical arrangements that seem to fit the mood of the film.  

From the script side, the film The Informer actually feels less maximizing the potential of the great actors who play inside it outside of Joel Kinnaman and Rosamund Pike who play well. Ana de Armas and Clive Owen became the performers who were wasted by their talents by the writings of Rowan Joffe, Matt Cook and Andrea Di Stefano who also served as directors.

The shortcomings in the film besides the complexity in describing the plot and plans between the FBI and Pete Koslow, as well as the wasting of the acting talents of Ana de Armas and Clive Owen are the characterizations of the Grens police. Common is good enough to portray the character of Grens, it’s just that turning points from Grens who were initially very suspicious of Pete’s character but suddenly supported him are not well explained in court. Either if something was cut when edited or indeed that’s how Grens was involved in his novel.

The Informer has a tension that is maintained from the beginning to the end of the film thanks to criminal intrigues, unexpected events and antagonistic characters who are annoying. Although the stammer feels in describing the plot, but this film is highly recommended for fans of crime drama full of tension and high intensity, or for those who are curious about the intricacy of the job as a disguised and wallowing informant in the criminal world.

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