When Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde” is “Knives Out”- and “No time to die” star Ana de Armas is currently on everyone’s lips. So it’s definitely no coincidence that ZDF is now including the US thriller “The Informer”, which was only created in 2019, in its programme. The Cuban may only play a supporting role, but it’s big enough to get her fans tuned in. Especially since the film, which otherwise has a top-class cast, is quite respectable as a whole.
“The Informer” will be broadcast on ZDF on October 10, 2022 at 10:15 p.m. On the night of October 11th to 12th, the station offers another repeat at 12:45 a.m. If both dates don’t suit you, but you still want to see the film, you’ll unfortunately have to dig into your pocket. Because the thriller is currently not included in the flat rate subscription to one of the common streaming services. The film is available as video-on-demand …
» “The Informer” on Amazon Prime Video*
… as well as on DVD and Blu-ray:
» “The Informer” DVD & Blu-ray on Amazon*
In the official DashFUN review, “The Informer” is worth a good 3.5 stars. It is about half a mafia thriller and half a prison drama.
The story of the innocent father who got off the rails, who wants to leave his criminal life behind, but only gets more and more into trouble in the process, may not exactly be a paragon of originality. On the other hand, there are some extraordinary ideas to be admired, the narrative pace is right and the suspense is constantly tightened in a clever way. In addition, with “The Suicide Squadstar Joel Kinnaman, a charismatic actor at the heart of the story who knows how to win the audience over from the start.
In addition to Kinnaman and Ana de Armas, who embodies his increasingly desperate wife, there are various other faces, some of them very familiar, that can be seen in important parts. For example, the British high-class mimes Clive Owen (“Inside Man”) and Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) are involved, as is US rap star and Grammy winner Common (“John Wick: Chapter 2”). The villain is Eugene Lipinski, best known from recurring appearances in hit TV series like “Arrow” or “Fringe”.
The film was directed by the Italian Andrea Di Stefano (“Escobar – Paradise Lost”), who emigrated to the USA many years ago. Boston and Angel Has Fallen writer Matt Cook shared scriptwriting with fellow writer Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later, The American). The Informer is based on the novel 3 Seconds by Swedish bestselling author duo Börge Hellström and Anders Roslund.
» “3 seconds” at Amazon*
Former elite soldier Pete Koslow (Joel Kinnaman) had a lot of problems before – especially financial ones. But now he has to go to prison for manslaughter after an incident in which he was actually only protecting the life of his wife Sofia (Ana de Armas). In order to survive there, he joins a gang of serious criminals.
The FBI knows that Koslow has no business being behind bars. Nevertheless, you want to take advantage of his situation to finally get to Ryszard Klimek (Eugene Lipinski), the leader of this gang. He’s up to mischief on the streets of New York, which is why special agent Wilcox (Rosamund Pike) releases Koslow for the time being. In return, he should infiltrate the gangster organization and provide the necessary evidence to be able to smash it…
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