Aviron Pictures’ The Informer is a pretty cool looking flick. It’s pitched as one of those gritty crime-thrillers with multiple layers, the stool-pigeon-in-a-bind trope, and a revenge tale of a cop looking for retribution for a fallen comrade. The first trailer for the film is intense and looks like it could end up being similar to some of David Ayer’s work, such as Street Kings or End of Watch, but with a dash of new-school flavor like Shot Caller or Den of Thieves.
The movie is obviously nothing like the 2009 black comedy, The Informant! or the BBC series of the same name. The story follows ex-criminal Joel Kinnaman who gets a second lease on life with his drop-dead gorgeous wife played by the super hottie Ana de Armas, only to find himself being pulled back into the fold by an FBI agent played by Rosamund Pike.
Kinnaman becomes an informer once more, only this time gets caught up in a deal gone bad involving an undercover cop who gets aced. Things turn even more sour when Pike’s boss, played by Clive Owen, decides to sell Kinnaman up the river when it turns out that a vengeful cop, played by Common, is looking to bend and twist every rule possible to drag the FBI through the mud for getting his partner killed. Caught in the crossfire of the mafia drug trade, the FBI’s political power-games, and Common’s revenge, is poor ‘ole Kinnaman who just wants to get back to his daughter and his super hot wife.
You can check out the trailer below courtesy of One Media.
While it might sound like the entire plot of the movie is unfolded through the description above, it’s not. That’s just the setup.
It’s a complex looking movie with a lot of moving parts.
Obviously the biggest drawback would be if the movie decides to speed through all of the drama in order to achieve obligatory Hollywood action beats, or attempt to quickly resolve everything for a happy ending. It would be a heck of a lot better if the movie just played it straight and played it honest with the material that they have and follow through all of the story beats to their logical conclusion, even if it means there’s no happy ending.
It’s hard to get a gauge on what to expect from the film given that this is only the director’s second feature-length flick, his first was Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson.
Nevertheless, if you’re interested in this film you can look to check it out in March of 2019 next year.