Ex-con and ex-special forces operative Pete Koslow (Joel Kinnaman) is recruited by the FBI in order to help take out the 'General' a major drug kingpin of New York. But when an undercover operation goes horribly wrong, Koslow is forced into an incredibly tough situation where the odds of him coming out alive are virtually nil.
A taut story with a carefully constructed cast, The Informer is by no means the bog standard crime thriller. Caught between the proverbial "rock and the hard place" add Hell and Hades to Koslow's compass and you'll begin to understand the gravitas of the position he is forced into. In having to handle the mob, cops, the FBI, prison inmates and wardens, Koslow has to constantly be aware of all the changing angles and motives of these groups, whilst working out a way to protect himself, his family and his new clean name.
A complex story that intertwines fates, the success of The Informer can be mostly attributed to the superb cast that all hit the right notes in supporting Joel Kinnamen, in his aria as Pete Koslow. Rosamund Pike in particular is brilliant as a conflicted FBI agent, trying to do the right thing, but also forced to face internal posturing, red tape and maintain self-preservation. Common's depiction of an NYPD cop determined to get justice, showcases some of his best acting yet. Common, a.k.a. Lonnie Lynn, displays a natural and comfortable charisma and is even silently powerful in some of his interactions. Overall, The Informer is a worthy watch and is on general release August 30th.
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