The Informer – ★★★✩✩

Certificate – 15
Directed By – Andrea Di Stefano
Starring – Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Common, Ana de Armas, Sam Spruell, Martin McCann.
Running Time – 113 Minutes (1 Hour 53 Minutes)

I didn’t know The Informer was coming out until doing my list of films to see this year and looking at Launching Film.

Anyway, seeing the first trailer I was hooked. Granted mainly down to Rosamund Pike being in it, but I’ve enjoyed seeing Joel Kinnaman in movies (yes I like the 2014 Robocop) and Clive Owen is always decent.

So I was going into the press screening pretty interested.

What Is The Informer About?

Drug runner Pete Koslow (Kinnaman) is recruited by the FBI (Pike and Owen) to take down the General – the most powerful crime boss in New York. When a sting operation goes wrong, Pete is caught between the crossfire of the mob and FBI. Forced to return to prison, Koslow must come up with a plan to escape from the clutches of both the law and the General to save himself and his family.

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Is It Any Good?

There’s a lot to like about The Informer and in some way more surprising than I originally thought.

Going in I thought it would’ve been more action-packed, but it’s suspenseful and more of a thriller making it for more enjoyable viewing.

It helps that the cast was on good form with Pike and Kinnaman being the standouts, but Common makes an impactful presence as an NYPD cop and Owen’s major FBI boss is an arsehole you can root against.

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While the film is dramatic, it does have moments of violence especially during the second part in the prison.

It’s the best way to describe the film is that it’s set in two parts, the first part out of prison as we get to know the characters and more of a drama and the second part is more action prison thriller.

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It has plenty of twists and turns to will keep you gripped.

Anything Bad About The Film?

While I enjoyed it, I’m sure plenty of people will get bored with the first part and if they keep watching won’t care about the second part. Which would be a shame.

Even though I liked the cast and thought Armas is a beauty on screen and does do some important things, she is just the “hot wife”.

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Additionally, while I hate to say it, this film would be better served on Netflix as it’s better suited to a streaming service rather than in cinemas.

I hope I’m wrong and finds an audience, but I don’t sadly see it.

Verdict

Standout performances from Pike and Kinnaman in this enjoyable thriller, but could be hit and miss with audiences and will be more of a film to see at home than in the cinema.

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