The Informant! 2009

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(31) IMDb 6.5/10

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

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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

3.7 out of 5 stars

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. O'Leary on 2 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray
The film's cornerstone is a great performance from Matt Damon, who plays successful company executive Mark Whitacre. Whitacre has been placed in the awkward situation of having to work with the FBI undercover, gathering information on his colleagues involvement in price fixing. His FBI handlers (Scott Bakula and Joel McHale, who put in beautifully measured efforts) at first have nothing but quiet admiration for Whitacre, but this soon changes to frustration and disbelief as Whitacre's fantasies, lies and even his own wrong-doing are slowly revealed, sometimes in an amusingly casual manner by Whitacre himself. Although the events take place during the nineties, director Soderbergh uses a lot of clever trickery to make it feel like a completely different age - I think this is the first film I've seen where the 90's feel truly nostalgic - don't be fooled though, a lot of the hints are out of place, such as the hippy-era pink scene titles. I think this may go some way to explaining why I found myself constantly reminded of American Psycho, a much darker comedy of course, but which is still steeped in rich references to its own decade, and also comes with an unhinged narration from a loony high-flyer.

There are some problems though. The Dixie-land jazz interludes don't always work, and Matt Damon's make-up could be better (he looks like a twenty year old wearing a wig and false moustache). The comedy will definitely be too subtle for some - I found myself smiling all the way through rather than laughing out loud (although I did on a couple of occasions), but I don't have a problem with that. I also feel that the film is likely to grow on you over time. It certainly has enough depth for repeated viewings.

Blu-Ray production is no better than OK.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr Gonzo on 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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4 of 5 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 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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