It has been ten weeks since COVID_19 has forced world wide self imposed quarantine. Every Monday night, Cinema Dave found escape in the fifth season of "Better Call Saul" on the AMC cable channel.
Beyond the cinematic grandeur of the New Mexico desert, "Better Call Saul" featured drama worthy of the great film noir drama that Foster Hirsch wrote about in his two definitive books, "The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir" and "Detours and Lost Highways: A Map of Neo Noir." When "Better Call Saul" reached it's season cliffhanger, Cinema Dave found solace in noir inspired classics like "Escape from Alcatraz" "There Was a Crooked Man" and "Brute Force," which stared Hollywood masculine icons Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster respectively.
Opening online on May Day - 2020, "The Infiltrators" can make the argument that it is film noir; the setting is prison, the protagonists who perform illegal activities to achieve a personal sense of justice and the subject matter is politically grim. Yet directors Alex Rivera and Christina Ibarra (who drafted the screen play), have created a sunny heist movie about the legal ramifications of undocumented people in the United States of America.
Part documentary (featuring the actual historical figures) and part reenactment (by actors portraying the protagonist), "The Infiltrators" has lost some it's marketing mojo given the importance of border closings due to the spread of COVID_ 19. Throw in a sympathetic cameo appearance by Democrat Congressional Representative Ted Deutch, "The Infiltrators" loses narrative objectivity with political bias.
Political leanings aside, "The Infiltrators" features a fascinating story about young people who deliberately incarcerate themselves into a detention center. From inside the detention center in Broward County, Florida, these individuals are able to disseminate information about legal aide to the other incarcerated. Witnessing civil disobedience and simple problem solving, "The Infiltrators" presents political protesting more in line with Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King.