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.
With a title like The Informer it wouldn’t be too presumptuous to expect an action packed thriller in which the main protagonist is thrust into a tricky situation they must find a way out of in a desperate attempt to protect those that they love. Well in this movie that is pretty much the case. With a story we have admittedly witnessed many times before, Andrea Di Stefano’s second feature film must strive to present something new in the form of a twist or 21st century modernisation in order to break the chains of the past.
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’s 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.
The film was released on 30 August 2019 in the United Kingdom by Warner Bros. and is due to be released on 10 January 2020 in the United States by Aviron Pictures.
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 too escape when his cover eventually gets conveniently blown.
It feels harsh to be hung up on the resolution of a story that’s entertaining enough throughout, but proceedings grind to such a choppy, rushed, unsatisfactory halt that it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Returning to the novel analogy it’s as if random pages have been torn from the last chapter but you’ve been promised that the details of those missing words will be available in the next book. It feels completely undeserved, unfulfilling and a sequel will probably never come to fruition because of it.