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“Informer” is a show in which people die, a certainty that’s presented mere minutes into its opening episode. The new Amazon Prime Video series begins with an act of wanton violence not merely to thrust audiences into a world of brutality and warped justification, but to show that there is a cost to the six-part story about to unfold.
It’s not rooted in miraculous feats of bravery or redemptive acts that can wipe away years of misleading and uncertainty. It’s a pursuit of justice and public safety that acknowledges a human price at the beginning of each chapter. In the context of an unfolding story about policing, intelligence gathering and the informants recruited to be literal eyes and ears in those efforts, “Informer” also fashions a story that reevaluates how much that potential price is worth it.
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“Informer,” which originally premiered on the BBC last fall and is now available outside the UK, follows a trio of individuals at the heart of an ongoing terrorism investigation. As part of his way of showing new recruit Holly Morten (Bel Powley) the ins and outs of sniffing out evidence via neighborhood policing, veteran investigator Gabe Waters (Paddy Considine) uses a drug possession charge to lock Raza Shar (Nabhaan Rizwan) into an ongoing informant program. Gradually (and in many ways, begrudgingly), the three work together to uncover information about a possible cell connected with a high-profile attack in the Netherlands.
Debuting for American audiences in the wake of the overwhelming response to Netflix’s own import “Bodyguard,” “Informer” presents an intriguing alternative to the more narrowly presented elements of a story concerned with terrorism, public safety, and questions of duty under duress. Through Rizwan, Raza is a protagonist whose misgivings and occasional failures in his new unfamiliar role are part of what make for a compelling anchor...
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