The Informer, 6/10, is the latest nitty gritty, nuts and bolts crime thriller to hit the screens, or so the trailers would make it seem. Endure the full runtime and you are exposed to something quite different to what you may have been lead to expect. Sitting on the fence on most elements, not really fitting in as a good or bad film, it’s just a bit mediocre. Mediocre is somehow far worse. When you have a good cast and concept but give them a terrible script and no character development, your film will immediately struggle to hold the attention of your audience. I feel for Joel Kinnaman though, he’s not the best choice for a leading man but he isn’t usually half as bad as this film paints him out to be.
When an ex-convict FBI informant (Kinnaman) is caught up in a drug deal gone wrong; a police officer is murdered and someone needs to take the fall in order to infiltrate the polish mob.Opening with a rather intense first exchange, it initially caught my attention with it’s elevated drama. However the screenwriting quickly spiralled out of control, losing grasp on pace and began to complicate itself with too much unnecessary filler towards the finale. At best this would have been better as a television drama as the creators would have had more room to develop their story. The point of a thriller is to have some level of suspense and surprise but this paint-by-numbers approach assumes the audience will need to be taken by the hand. Wait for this to drop on a streaming site and you may enjoy it more knowing that no money was wasted.
Entertainment (of its genre): 6/10
Overall rating….. 6/10