The Informant!

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Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!–like the director’s one-two Oscar® punch, Erin Brockovich and Traffic–is an energetic exposé of corporate/criminal chicanery with wide-ranging implications for life in these United States. Not so much like those movies, it plays as hyper-caffeinated comedy. At its center is Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), a biochemist and junior executive at agri-giant Archer Daniels Midland who, in 1992, began feeding the FBI evidence of ADM’s involvement … More >>

The Informant!

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  1. I didn’t like this movie. My friend wanted to see it. The reason was because she was told that the characteristics of Matt Damon’s character, she has too. She was falling in and out of sleep. The movie was really bad. There were some funny lines/scenes, but thats about it. Disappointed.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Saw the trailer and this is a must see. And Scott bakula is in it too.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. The problem with this movie is that it tries to make something funny out of something that isn’t supposed to be funny. I mean, yes this movie is a true story and yes it could have been good. But the problem with this movie is that it tries to be funny and tongue in cheek, and doesn’t work. Matt Damon turns in a solid performance as Whitacre, which saves the movie from sucking. The portrayal of the price mixing scandal, which was a big event, was not very well done, and normally would be considered a serious event. I mean, if this movie were fiction perhaps It’d be funny. But this is basically trying to make us laugh about such a serious event that happened. I laughed maybe once in the movie, and other than that this movie was useless. Che 1 and 2 were good but dull, Ocean’s Thirteen was total crap. And that said, sorry Steven Soderbugh, but your time is almost up.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. “The Informant” is excellent! This is how the story goes: What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company’s multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent. Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn’t been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. Whitacre’s ever-changing account frustrates the agents and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre’s rambling imagination. Based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history.

    The cast led by Matt Damon (as Whitacre) is excellent! The directing and cinematography (under the name Peter Andrews) by Steven Soderbergh (who also directed and did the cinematography to “Ocean’s 11, 12, & 13” (2001, 2004, & 2007) (all three also starred Damon and George Clooney, the first two also starred Julia Roberts), “Traffic” (2000), “Out Of Sight” (1998, also starring Clooney), “Solaris” (2002, also starred Clooney, and also wrote the screenplay and did the film editing under the name Mary Ann Bernard) & “Erin Brockovich” (2000, also starring Roberts) is excellent! The screenplay (based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald, who also produced) by Scott Z. Burns (who also wrote the screenplay to “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007, which also starred Damon) is excellent!

    The music by Marvin Hamlisch (who also did the music to “Three Men And A Baby” (1987) is excellent! The film editing by Stephen Mirrione (who has been working with Soderbergh since “Traffic”) is excellent! The casting by Carmen Cuba (who was a casting associate on “Erin Brockovich”) is excellent! The production design by Doug J. Meerdink (who also did the art direction to “Ocean’s Thirteen”) is excellent! The art direction by Billy Hunter (who also did the art direction to “Ocean’s Thirteen” & did the set decoration to “Star Trek” (2008), “Ocean’s Twelve”, & the upcoming “Alice In Wonderland” (2010) & “Sucker Punch” (2011) & David Scott is excellent! The set decoration by Daniel B. Clancy (who also did the set decoration to “Tropic Thunder” (2008), the upcoming “Couples Retreat” (2009) & “Red Dawn” (2010) & Curtis Maneno is excellent! The costume design by Shoshana Rubin is excellent!

    This is an excellent dramedy that keeps you intrigued and laughing at the same time. This is one of the best films of the year, so far. Damon gives an eccentric performance that works to his advantage.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Despite all the negative reviews we saw this movie. That’s because the trailers looked so compelling, fun and interesting. Also we really enjoy Matt Damon and Scott Bakula. Apparently the marketing department must have watched the movie and decided that the trailer had to be very different from the actual movie to sell tickets. From a video production and marketing standpoint they did a masterful job! However the trailers took the clips out of context and joined together clips that didn’t really belong together. It was creative, but very misleading.

    The movie was not a comedy, and there were no real laughs. It was a drama, but very little happens in the two hours. It was quite dull. Matt Damon and Scott Bakula were outstanding actors as usual. There were many appearances by actors that you’ll recognize such as the Smothers Brothers, the guy who played Biff on Back to the Future, etc. However if I had been watching this movie on DVD, I would have turned it off maybe 1/3 of the way, because it was just not interesting.
    Rating: 2 / 5

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