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Confidential Informant            review by Bobby Blakey

There are so many movies getting released featuring big name cast, but for whatever reason get dumped straight to home entertainment. Some are obvious where others just make no sense. The latest, Confidential Informant features a good cast including Dominic Purcell, Nick Stahl, Kate Bosworth and Mel Gibson from Out for a Kill and The Foreigner director Michael Oblowitz. Could this film offer up something to make it stand out or will it not be worth ratting on?

Confidential Informant follows two narcotics agents hunting for a cop killer during a crack epidemic. Hoping for leads, Moran and Thorton pay off a junkie informant and in an attempt to provide for his wife and son, Moran involves the stool pigeon in a deadly scheme. This causes the partners to come under the scrutiny of a suspicious internal affairs agent, leading to an epic, explosive finale.


I always hope for the best with these kinds of films and am a fan of both Gibson and Purcell. That being said this is a fine flick, but yet another with very little substance and never can find its way out of a by the numbers generic crime story. There are elements that attempt to elevate it to a different kind of story and works for what they are doing it just isn’t anything overly original.


The cast are all fine, but everyone seems to just be going with the motions and never felt like any of them were all in. Noone is bad, but also no one seems to really care all that much and it shines through in the finished product. It’s slow pacing also holds it down as we are trying to get somewhere that sounds like might be an exciting finale, but ended up being just sudden and without satisfaction.


In the end it is yet another straight to home release that is clear why it got that. It isn’t a horrible movie or anything just kind of forgettable falling in that category of ones we have seen a hundred times before it. It’s always good to see Gibson do his thing even if it was phoned in and away from everyone else.


Decide for yourself and check out Confidential Informant available now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgte.

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