The Informer (2019 film)
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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, alongside Rosamund Pike, Common, Ana de Armas, and Clive Owen.
|Directed by||Andrea Di Stefano|
|Based on||Three Seconds|
|Edited by||Job ter Burg|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$2.9 million|
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.
- Joel Kinnaman as Pete Koslow
- Rosamund Pike as Erica Wilcox
- Clive Owen as Keith Montgomery
- Common as Edward Grens
- Ana de Armas as Sofia Koslow
- Eugene Lipinski as Ryszard Klimek (“The General”)
- Joanna Kaczyńska as Beata Klimek
- Edwin de la Renta as Smiley Phelps
- Ruth Bradley as Cat
- Sam Spruell as Slewitt
- Aylam Orian as Andrzej Dziedzic
- Karma Meyer as Anna Koslow
- Mateusz Kościukiewicz as Staszek Cusik
- Peter Parker Mensah as Officer Franklin
- Arturo Castro as Daniel Gomez
- Abdul-Ahad Patel as Vermin
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 will be released on November 6, 2020, in the United States. It was originally scheduled to be released on August 17, 2018, which was delayed until February 1, 2019, and then to March 22, 2019. It was then further delayed multiple times due to financial problems involving Aviron. The film’s first delay due to financial issues was until August 16, 2019, before being delayed again, to January 10, 2020, and then to March 13, 2020, and then to July 31, 2020, and then to November 6, 2020.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 62% based on 53 reviews, with an average rating of 5.80/10. The site's critics 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." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average 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." Guy Lodge of Variety called it "a surprisingly well-oiled genre machine" and says it is a film "that knows its limits, and works tidily within them".
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