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The Informant! [Blu-ray]

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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002U573Y4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,371 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bear with it... 19 May 2012
Format:DVD
I've never seen a movie that has polarised opinion in the reviewing fields quite as much as the THE INFORMANT! It seems to be either 5-star love or 1-star loathing, with comment threads descending into bitter arguments between the two camps a bit like the rival factions of a Dr Seuss story.

Before continuing, then, I probably should point out early on that I am in the 5-star camp. I love this film. In fact, it's one of my favourites. I've seen it hundreds of times. And in fairness to the detractors, the words "FBI," "undercover" and "Matt Damon" on the DVD cover could well convey an overall impression of a high-octane thriller in the mind of the viewer. Which this isn't. Not by a long shot. One other reviewer refers to `arthouse pacing,' which is more or less right on the mark.

Damon plays Mark Whitacre, a corporate whistleblower at corn giant Archer Daniels Midland. Whitacre's undercover work with the FBI's Special Agent Brian Shepard in exposing a price-fixing scandal at ADM becomes overshadowed by his own personal dishonesty, a pathological inability to tell the truth and a childlike lack of guile and discretion - not to mention the theft of $9.5 million. Or is it $11.5 million? We're never quite sure.

That's it in a nutshell. Soderbergh's quasi-factual adaptation of Kurt Eichenwald's 2000 nonfiction book of the same name couldn't really be described as a thriller. It couldn't really be described as a drama either. Comedy?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and lacking any real excitement. 22 Sep 2010
By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Mark Whitacre is a high ranking executive at ADM, a corporation specialising in cereal and grain processing.
When ADM's 'Lysine' production repeatedly fails to meet production targets Whitacre is put under pressure to fix the problem. He lies to his bosses that the Lysine plant has been infected with a virus which is causing the Lysine producing bacteria to die, and claims a rival from a Japanese company is demanding $10 million to provide both a cure and reveal the ADM employee who is secretly working for a rival. When ADM call in the FBI on the grounds of corporate blackmail, Whitacre then backtracks on his industrial extortion story and reveals to the FBI that ADM is involved with other corporations in a massive price fixing scandal. And when the FBI ask him to go undercover to provide evidence the lies become bigger and bigger.
While it's not a bad film 'The Informant!' is fairly disappointing. Matt Damon does a good job as Whitacre and there are some amusing moments, but story wise it's just not that thrilling. It's a typical tale of a habitual liar who's lies eventually catch up with him. If you're looking for a film with a similar storyline try Billy Ray's 'Shattered Glass' and 'Breach', and Lasse Hallstrom's 'The Hoax', all of which are far more absorbing and thrilling tales of lies and deceit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the wait 4 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
I hovered over this film for some time before watching it.
Sure I'd read very good reviews about Matt Damons peformance and they were right he creates a very convincing character.

Unfortunately I found neither the character or story interesting. Just a man who lied and then kept on lying, little humour or intrigue. It was a struggle to watch it to the end.

For me this was the weakest film I've seen Damon in yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP 9 July 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I loved the Marvin Hamlisch throw back music which greatly enhanced the story. Matt Damon is a biochemical engineer for Archer Daniels Midland. He is in charge of lysine production, which is having problems. He claims the problem is a virus that a Japanese mole has introduced to the product. The FBI is called in. Matt informs the FBI of another evil that is on going...international lysine price fixing! Matt comes across as a squeaky clean guy who only wants to help make things right. He believes by informing on his company, the board of directors will reward him for doing right, by making him CEO. If you don't see the humor in that, you most likely won't enjoy the film.

The FBI has Matt go undercover in what is the nerdiest undercover man to wear a wire. I had to laugh at Matt's character as he played 0014 spy. When things start to hit the fan, it gets weird and twisted.

This reminded me of an old 60's style comedy with Damon being super intelligent and naive. I would have enjoyed the film even if it wasn't based on a true story. Great characters.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, no sex or nudity.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea poorly realised 29 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
The idea of a comedy about a compulsive liar working as a corporate whistleblower for the FBI sounds very promising to me. The reviews have been poor, and I wasn't expecting miracles, but I think I was better placed than most to enjoy it.
The critics were right. It really simply doesn't work.

It's not a cinematic story. Why they thought this had to be made I can't imagine as it's a film of people sitting or standing in rooms talking about an obscure subject. I'm not sure if the audience is meant to understand what is being discussed and what is happening, but I was constantly in the dark. If you had asked me an hour into the film if the price fixing was real or something made up by the whistleblower, I would have cautiously said it was made up. I would have been wrong. A title card at the end said that people went to jail for price fixing. Is the film meant to be this confusing? I'm not sure but I doubt it.

If you're the kind of person who gets easily lost in films then you won't have a chance with this one. I dread to imagine what it would be like to watch it with someone who keeps asking questions in the mistaken belief that you're following it better than them.

The story, the subject itself, is so vague and watery (as in you can't grasp it) that it renders all the potential drama inert. Dramatically the film is dead.

I did laugh or chuckle a few times even though there really isn't that much humour in the film. To call it a comedy is stretching things by quite a bit. I understand why it's called a comedy but the dramatic content, what little there is of it, feels more dominant than the feeble laughs. The film's idea of comedy is giving Scott Bakula a silly hair cut and skin tone. Not the very definition of quality comedy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!
I personally adored this film. Found it hilarious and honest, the storyline definitely surprised me in the end!
Published 1 day ago by Ecoh
5.0 out of 5 stars Really one big monologue
The story of a family man who turned informer in the world of big business during the early 90's. Matt Damon yet again shows his gift for comedy.
Published 12 months ago by Ralph McCandles
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Underrated!
Never understood why this film got so much hate. Steven Soderbergh does an amazing job. Matt Damon does an awesome job as well, even putting on a few pounds for the part. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2012 by Blood
3.0 out of 5 stars A very mediocre film with a confused identity
To look at the package (brand-identity) for this film you could well be forgiven for thinking it has mixed echoes of various generations past, a fair mélange of design... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by ARWoollock
3.0 out of 5 stars A great book that doesnt translate into the movie
I picked up the book recently when looking for something to read. What a great read and a great story, the main character Mark Whitacre is a complete outlier. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by Michael J. Vella
1.0 out of 5 stars Let me inform you...
...This film is so boring. I mean, what good is a "great performance", if you don't care about the character or the story.

It's... Read more
Published on 6 April 2011 by Dog
4.0 out of 5 stars I Enjoy Putting it on From Time to Time
Okay, this film bugs some people. The soundtrack is wacky; it sounds more like some family film from the 1950's. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2011 by C. Pendlebury
2.0 out of 5 stars your problem amozon, not mine
Im only writing this because I couldnt simply add my rating. so here it is: I didnt really find myself getting involved in the film and I didnt find the scenarios very interesting;... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2011 by Mr. J. Forsyth
4.0 out of 5 stars Spying a winner
I bought this on an impulse because lately, I've struggled to enjoy Movies or Films of late, due mostly to the fact that the story lines are weak, poor acting and other various... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2010 by S. J. Anderson
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