Joel Kinnaman stars in a sharp, cunning crime thriller

Dir: Andrea Di Stefano. Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common, Clive Owen, Ana de Armas, Sam Spruell, Martin McCann. 15 cert, 113 min.

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. Generic though the film may look, it holds together absorbingly, thanks to a sturdy script which ups stakes and adds characters with cunning and intelligence. If it’s modest and somewhat middling in scale – at least in a world where Dwayne Johnson exists – the classical containment of the storyline often works in its favour.

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