Directed by: Andrea Di Stefano
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common, Ana de Armas, Clive Owen
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release date: 13 March 2020
Running Time: 113 Minutes
Budget: $2.2 million
An ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.
The Informer is a 2019 British crime thriller film directed by Andrea Di Stefano and written by Matt Cook, based on the novel Three Seconds by Roslund / Hellström. It stars Joel Kinnaman as the title character, alongside Rosamund Pike, Common, Ana de Armas, and Clive Owen.
The film was released on 30 August 2019 in the United Kingdom by Warner Bros. and is due to be released on 13 March 2020 in the United States by Aviron Pictures.
Pete Koslow, a reformed criminal and former special operations soldier, is working undercover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York. In a final step toward freedom, Koslow must return to the one place he has fought so hard to leave, Bale Hill Prison, where his mission becomes a race against time when a drug deal goes wrong and threatens to identify him as a mole. On discovering one of his handlers, Montgomery, intends to let him and his family die in order to use their homicides as hard evidence to ensure convictions, Koslow must turn to Grens, a member of NYPD’s Organized Crime Division to ensure his loved ones’ safety as he looks for a way to escape when his cover eventually gets conveniently blown.
The film adaptation of Three Seconds was announced at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. Filming took place in Pinewood Studios (UK), Iver Heath (UK), Gloucester Prison (UK) and Brooklyn, New York (US) in 2017.
In September 2017, Aviron Pictures acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film, while Warner Bros. handled British distribution rights to the film. It is scheduled to be released on March 13, 2020, in the United States, it was originally scheduled to be released on March 22, 2019, then delayed until August 16, 2019, before being delayed again, to January 10, 2020
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 53% based on reviews from 30 critics, with an average rating of 5.71/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “The Informer may prove a passable diversion for less demanding thriller fans, but most of its ingredients have been recycled from superior entries in the genre.” Metacritic reports a score of 64/100 based on 5 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gives the film 3 out of 5 stars, and wrote: “It might have made better sense as an episodic drama on television but it is brash and watchable, its world reeking with cynicism and fear.”Tim Robey of The Telegraph gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, and wrote: “The Informer is one of the year’s more pleasant genre surprises: a clenched fist of a crime thriller in the mode of The Departed or The Town, in which every element is just a notch smarter than you’d expect.”
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