The Informer (15)



Thriller (2019)
113mins UK

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Ana de Armas, Clive Owen
Director: Andrea Di Stefano
Writer(s): Rowan Joffe, Andrea Di Stefano, Matt Cook
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Ex-con Pete Koslow is working undercover for corrupt FBI agents Montgomery and Wilcox to bring down a Polish drug lord called The General. A drug deal goes sour and Koslow exposes a potential buyer as undercover NYPD detective Daniel Gomez. The cop is shot dead and Koslow owes his life to The General. The ex-con is forced to do the crime lord's bidding by breaking parole so he can head back to Bale Hill Prison to facilitate the flow of narcotics to inmates.

Seen that movie? Leave a comment / review here >>

LondonNet Film Review
The Informer (15)

The long arm of the law chokeholds an honourable man to the brink of unconscious submission in director Andrea Di Stefano's absorbing crime thriller. Adapted from the novel Three Seconds by award-winning duo Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, The Informer drip feeds us suspense as a heavily tattooed ex-con calls upon his training as a Special Forces operative to meet violence and intimidation with precisely targetted retribution. The script, co-written by Di Stefano, Matt Cook and Rowan Joffe, neatly slots into place the whirring cogs of a well-engineered plot that boasts a couple of satisfying twists and a final reckoning that feels more satisfying and less convoluted on the page than the screen...

The Informer. Copyright: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Caption: Joel Kinnaman as Pete Koslow in The Informer, directed by Andrea Di Stefano. Photo: Liam Daniel. All Rights Reserved.Statuesque Swedish leading man Joel Kinnaman embraces the raw, sinew-pulsing physicality of his role, exuding desperation in two bruising confrontations that demonstrate how far his jailbird is willing to go to protect family on the outside. Rosamund Pike brings a steely edge to her ambitious FBI handler, who naively assumes she won't have her wings clipped as she flies dangerously close to the sun.

Ex-con Pete Koslow (Kinnaman) works as a snitch for FBI agent Erica Wilcox (Pike), who is keen to impress her boss (Clive Owen) by taking down Polish drug lord Rysard Klimek (Eugene Lipinski), aka The General. Koslow has successfully infiltrated Klimek's inner circle and is poised to supply evidence linking the kingpin to a 6kg shipment of fentanyl. The deal goes sour when a potential buyer is unmasked as undercover NYPD detective Daniel Gomez (Arturo Castro).

Klimek's trigger-happy lieutenant Stazek (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz) kills the cop and Koslow faces the cold reality of a shallow grave unless he does his Polish master's bidding behind the bars of his old prison. "You did four years at Bale Hill so if anyone can get drugs inside, it's you," snarls Klimek, who insists that Koslow breaks his parole to facilitate the flow of fentanyl to inmates. The FBI exploits Koslow's dire predicament by promising him freedom in exchange for evidence of The General's involvement. The ex-con is stuck in the middle, unsure how he can protect his beautiful wife (Ana de Armas) and young daughter (Karma Meyer). Meanwhile, tenacious NYPD detective Grens (Common) begins asking uncomfortable questions about FBI involvement in the cover-up of the murder of a serving police officer.

The Informer is a slickly executed tale of one man battling a fundamentally corrupt system. Di Stefano confidently sustains tension, relying on her cast (and particularly Kinnaman) to paper over an occasional, troublesome plot divot, such as one character silently materialising in the nick of time. Pike is a pleasing counterpoint to the testosterone-fuelled posturing of predominantly male co-stars, who are more likely to settle an argument with a crudely fashioned shiv than razor-sharp diplomacy.

- Sam Cannon

The Informer. Copyright: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Caption: Clive Owen as Montgomery, Rosamund Pike as Wilcox and Joel Kinnaman as Pete Koslow in The Informer, directed by Andrea Di Stefano. Photo: Liam Daniel. All Rights Reserved.


London Cinemas

From Friday 25th October
To Thursday 31st October

Not showing at any
London cinemas this week.
From Friday 1st November
To Thursday 7th November

Not showing at any
London cinemas this week.


« Back to Index

Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 25th October
To Thursday 31st October

- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
From Friday 1st November
To Thursday 7th November

Not showing at any
UK cinemas this week.


« Back to Index