The Informant! 2009

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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

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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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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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2 of 2 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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6 of 7 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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