With a pedigree that covers both John Wick and Sicario, two of the hardest hitting action films of the last decade, The Informer is a tough, old school crime opus that was delayed several times before hitting the big screen, but turned out to be well worth the wait. Andrea di Stefano’s thriller is sold on its connections to other films, but there’s a down-and-dirty feel about the espionage featured here that’s located in a sweet spot somewhere bwteen Homeland and John le Carre, and that’s a good thing.
Joel Kinnaman plays Peter Koslow, a special ops undercover agent who is embedded in an FBI mission to shake-down drugs elements in the NYC/Polish community. Koslow has a wife (Blade Runner 2049’s Ana de Armas) and kid to protect, so when a routine pick-up of a diplomatic bag full of drugs goes south, Koslow is forced to witness the death of a cop.
All this brings in interest from the NYPD’s Grens (rapper Common), who is keen to find out how the cop died and nail exactly who is responsible; Koslow’s handlers (Rosamund Pike and Clive Owen) seek to contain the mess, but Koslow engineers his own passage out via an audacious prison break that makes for a substantian action highlight in a tough as balls scenario that never decends into comic book melodrama.
Based on the novel Three Seconds by Roslund & Hellstrom, The Informer’s generic title hides a sober, fairly gripping thriller that’s something of an antidote to much of the silver-screen’s childish fare; the fights are brutal and the stakes are high. Look elsewhere for choreography and stunts, because The Informer makes a virtue of feeling like a real-world story. With a well-known cast well used for once, The Informer’s hard-as-nails attitude makes it one of the better thrillers you can stream right now.
I’ve ummed and ahh’d over this one but I’ll give it a watch on your say so.
It’s good, and I think you’ll like it; tough Saturday night action with a big muscley man.
Joel Kinnaman is up there with Tom on my list!
I’m gathering he has a following. Don’t waste a moment, get this sorted for tonight!
Might do it next Saturday, we have Nobody on blue ray for tonight!
Not seen that yet, but would expect a good watch. Enjoy!
It’s one for Booky Saul Goodman does John Wick better than John Wick!
That’s the selling point, and I do fancy it; will get around to it someday…
Bob Odenkirk is great in it, well worth a watch.
He’s awesome in Better Call Saul, so that’s a big plus too.
He is indeed I’ll be sad when it’s over.
I really like my choreographed fights. One of the reasons I still enjoy John Wick so much. I like my violence to be like a ballet…
I like my ballet to be violent. It works both ways.
Gives a whole new meaning to the Nutcracker…
You should have a stand up routine.
I’d be afraid of some russian baboushka smacking me across the chops…
Watch out for Will Smith, aka Jim West, Desperada, roughy rider, no you don’t talk nada. Wicky-wah, wicky-wah!
Do we need to call an ambulance for you? Are you having a stroke?
I’m referencing Wild Wild West, so it’s a bit more serious than that.
I haven’t seen that. and from the sound of your conversation, I’m guessing that’s a good thing!
Is the correct answer.
I’m guessing Boba Fett doesn’t show up in that movie and disintegrate everyone?
I disintegrated watching it.
My condolences. Where should I send the sympathy card?
One “I’m sorry you got disintegrated” sympathy card on its way!
Ok, put a stamp on it this time, fed up with having to pay for these things.
My, aren’t we grumpy for a dead guy?!?
It wore off.
Ahhh, THAT’S how it works eh? I always wondered.
So Boba refund you your money since the disintegration didn’t take?
It was in the multiverse, so it wasn’t binding.
Saw this in the cinema when it came out and thoroughly enjoyed it. Old-style is the word for it and I was surprised how good Kinnaman was.
Is the correct answer, like a WB programmer.
We need more of them.
Is the correct answer. Good tough thriller.