Friday, September 18, 2009

The Informant! Review

If only The Informant! was as giddy as its exclamation-point title, or even as funny as its TV commercials. It’s pretty much The Insider played for laughs, The Talented Mr. Ripley without the murder.

Mark Whitacre (Damon + 30 pounds, which I could never quite get use to. lol) is an ADM division chief when we meet him in 1992, a bio-chemist trying to get a new production line running. Things aren't working out when he yells "Sabotage!" ADM gets the FBI involved, and that's when Whitacre spills the beans on pretty much everything he’s suppose to keep private. And throughout the movie the agents (
Scott Bakula and Joel McHale) are uncertain at whether or not Whitacre is telling the truth.

Damon and his Oceans Eleven director
Steven Soderbergh team up for this "true" story movie, with Damon playing Whitacre - a guy whose inner life is a blizzard of random, yet crazy-funny thoughts about the kinky stuff they sell in Tokyo, or the goofy Feds who don't treat him like Tom Cruise. "Didn't these people see The Firm?"

Soderbergh plays this story straight, relying on the amateurish silliness of Whitacre and the story's increasing absurdity to deliver laughs. However, The Informant! never finds the ring-ding-ding of the last Ocean's movie. It's surreal, but not a laugh riot. I found it to be mediocre at best. The film was just under 2 hours, and yet it felt like 3 in a 1/2 hours. In my opinion it's not worth paying full price to see it in theaters. Of course I did think Mr.
Matt Damon's performance was outstanding and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was nominated for an Oscar.

What did you think of this film?...


Surf Goddess said...

i found it very fun, mostly due to matt damon's quirky character which was executed brilliantly. the story itself got a little old, but damon's performance kept me hooked and enjoying the movie. though i would also not recommend anyone to pay full price for it...

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