Directed By: Andrea Di Stefano
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common, Ana De Armas, Clive Owen
Synopsis: Pete Koslow (Joel Kinnaman) is a former special operations soldier working as an informant for the FBI to help dismantle the Polish mafia’s drug trade in New York. But when the FBI’s operation goes wrong, resulting in the death of an undercover NYPD cop, Pete is coerced into returning to Bale Hill, the prison he previously served time in for manslaughter, to take down the cartel from the inside.
Review: The Informer is a stylish well directed and tightly paced thriller that has Joel Kinnaman shine and bring the character of Peter Koslow to life!
The Informer separates itself from the cliché action route (which it could have originally taken) and delves into a tense crime thriller. Everyone brings their A-Game and it was good to see Rosamund Pike once again on the screen — she really doesn’t get enough roles these days -. Clive Owen never fails to hold screen presence and his character has some very interesting layers. One of my favourite characters was Common who plays a police detective who knows something isn’t quite right and is trying to help Peter and his family, who think he could possibly be crooked.
The movie had plenty of twists and turns that keep you fully engaged, once everything comes to a head in the explosive finale, we are nicely set up for a sequel which promises to be another high stakes’ crime thriller.
The Informer moves at a good pace and you will find yourself glued and getting sucked into the story. It felt like a movie you would have got back in the 70s or 80s and starring Clint Eastwood, it has that gritty thriller style associated with some of Eastwood’s work. Another thing that made this movie great is even though our hero is ex-special ops soldier he can’t exactly pick up a gun and go John Wick, he has to use his head and his wits in order to survive the deadly game of chess he inadvertently ends up having to play in order for him and his family to survive.
The Informer plays a smart game and avoids unnecessary violence and action sequences for built up, tense, realistic styles of combat. Joel Kinnaman in his finest role yet!