The Informant! 2009

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(27) IMDb 6.5/10
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The US government goes after an agri-business giant that's accused of price fixing using evidence that's been submitted by their star witness. The thing is, he is the company's vice president/turned informant. The film is based on a true story.

Starring:
Matt Damon, Scott Bakula
Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Informant!

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Comedy
Director Steven Soderbergh
Starring Matt Damon, Scott Bakula
Supporting actors Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey, Tony Hale, Paul F. Tompkins, Thomas F. Wilson, Andrew Daly, Mike O'Malley, Eddie Jemison
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ernie on 22 Sep 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BS on parade on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Movieman on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Anderson on 12 Nov 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 reasons I can find. It's me more than anything, I hold my hand up to being anally retentive because I do enjoy a good film but hate it when I can figure the movie out before it's finished, and this is why I loved this film (not why i bought it though).
It's a shame it didn't get more attention because Damon is brilliant, his timing is well delivered and he completely backs out of 'Bourne' to prove he is a versatile character. The movie is full of loads of little giggles but not many big ones but still funny nonetheless and It's about Damon's character, who's name I can't remember, that helps the FBI more than he should. It appears he likes digging holes and suffers from foot in mouth syndrome, Everythting that he endures in this movie, is all from his own doing and apparently it's a true story. It's easy to follow, even with all of it's many twists and turns and is the kind of film where you can turn off, watch with out thinking and enjoy with out it causing your IQ to flatline, it's not insulting to your intelligence and has a nice easy, go with the flow kind of attitude. So if your still debating watching this movie give it a go, it's a gooden.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2013
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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