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The Informers [Blu-ray]

Jessica Stroup , Winona Ryder , Gregor Jordan    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jessica Stroup, Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke, Billy Bob Thornton, Amber Heard
  • Directors: Gregor Jordan
  • Producers: Marco Weber
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LL16B8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,170 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ensemble drama co-written by Bret Easton Ellis, based on his 1994 collection of short stories following the adventures of a loosely-connected group of people in 1983 Los Angeles. Movie executives, rock stars and other morally dubious characters are involved in the stories, which are generously laced with sex, drugs and violence. The cast includes Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Brad Renfro, who died of a heroin overdose while the film was in the latter stages of production.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Taking into account this L.A. set multi-stranded ensemble piece was a complete flop in America and only got a very limited cinematic release here in the UK (strange considering it arguably has the best cast of any film in 2009), it's not bad at all. The 80's feel is very much like the book and the soundtrack is terrific.

The segments range from interesting to pointless; I enjoyed the stuff with Jon Foster, Austin Nichols and Amber Heard, who is absolutely stunning and you see plenty of her in this! The story with Mickey Rourke and the late Brad Renfro is good too but perhaps the most interesting is the one with Lou Taylor Pucci as Tim who struggles to bond with his dad (Chris Isaak) in their trip to Hawaii. The performances between the two are great and this part is very faithful to the book.

As for the pointless ones; Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger and Winona Ryder just turn up for their pay cheques while Rhys Ifans is in the film for about 10 seconds! I was disappointed they cancelled the vampire scenes, it would've been great to see Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) as Jamie. I seen an interview with Jon Foster (who plays Graham) and even he was confused to why they dropped the story, the producers must've bottled it.

I'm still trying to understand why this film has had such a quiet release and why barely anyone has heard of it. I just think the producers never spent enough on promoting the film after they interfered too much and totally soured writers Nicholas Jarecki and Bret Easton Ellis' vision (who left the project after it drifted too far away from his novel). However, apparently there was a 160 minute cut of the film he was pretty happy with and hopefully we'll see it someday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A curate's egg - good in parts! 4 July 2014
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Ellis's "novella" is a fascinating, if challenging and unpleasant, "moral tale." As one character says, " I want someone to tell me what is good. And I want someone to tell me what is bad," in this depiction of an amoral '80's on the verge of devastation by the Aids epidemic. Interesting (and hard-edged) though Ellis's novella is, I don't really feel it's episodic structure has been successfully reworked in this film version. Still, despite the overwhelming "apparent" nihilism of the piece, certain lines - and implicit ironies - continue to shine through in the film script - although the satisfying complexity of original tale is somewhat lost. The book's original violence, together with its constant references to drug taking, which created an overwhelming repetitive almost hypnotic power, are all dramatically toned down in the film, while sexual episodes become much more explicit (only a 15 Certificate for goodness sake!) and are foolishly sanitised. This subsequently changes the focus of the piece to damaging effect and transform its vicious "edginess" into soft porn. Key moments from the novel are also lost and: the surreal "Vampire" sequence; the absence of characters such as Biff etc; and the removal of the "desertion scene"; etc etc, are not good decisions and are very missed. Most significantly the book's most shocking and horrific sequence - the abduction and murder of a child - is re-written and given a "happy ending" totally at odds with the "ethos" and creative direction of the novel and film and making nonsense of its Dantesque drive. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nihilism 7 Dec 2011
By Jack
Format:Blu-ray
The best way I feel I could describe The Informers is with the word 'empty'. The movie plays like an uncut episode of The Hills. But that's why it's good. It is unrestrained in its nihilism and despair. Which is why it's a shame that the director felt the need to cut so much of the movie out, probably to get it's R rating. I mean with the empty plot, this was never going to be a critical success, so I find it both amusing and annoying that this movie was cut so heavily.

The characters in the film are shallow and almost two dimensional, the cinematography is all over the place, and the plot is almost literally nonexistent. And that's exactly why you should see it! Watch it as a serious piece and see how you feel by the end. Try and engage with the characters; see how it feels when that's completely impossible.

Although I've given this movie five stars, in comparison to the book, this movie, although similar, loses most of the story. Merging characters and their story lines for the sake of narrative continuity. However, it's not the story of The Informers that makes it a special movie, it's the tone. The unrepentant nihilism in both the characters and the dialogue.

The Informers is, in it's own, a masterpiece. No doubt accidentally so, but no less. The director Gregor Jordan has created a formless mess with a buckled narrative and actors who don't know how to play their characters. This mess fits the tone of the book better than any meticulously orchestrated direction ever could. And for that it is undeniable that this film is the best adaptation of any of Ellis' novels.

Feel like I should add an extra conclusion to this review, because I feel very strongly about this movie. Some accuse this movie of being pointless (in a bad way). Well it isn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was great
Published 11 days ago by thompson twins
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Utter rubbish!
Published 1 month ago by philip
3.0 out of 5 stars review
This film is not as good as I expected but I may watch it again but I am not sure
Published 14 months ago by Mr Rickwood
1.0 out of 5 stars Bag of ol' scrote
This is one of the dreariest films I've ever had the misfortune to watch. While other reviewers talk of great plot lines and dark tales, personally I've been more entertained by... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr Andy
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my sort of film
I should have paid more attention to the synopsis and customers' reviews before purchasing, but it was cheap! Avoid this film.
Published 17 months ago by Top Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband
Well its my Husbands film i'm not keen but my husband wanted it as there was a actress he liked!!!
Published 18 months ago by tracy anne baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
Let's admit it, this movie has no point. Having said this, one can float in it (I watched it in 4 sessions - which shows how one is captured by it) and enjoy the soundtrack. Read more
Published 19 months ago by F. Panin
5.0 out of 5 stars Speedy delivery....Brilliant condition
The dvd's always come very quickly when ordered from zoverstocks through Amazon and out of about 15 dvd's only 1 hasn't worked so far.... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Ryan Sutton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I have to say i bought this DVD after seeing the actress on a talk show promoting it, and i thought lets have a look at that and see what all the fuss is about!! Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by Stevo
2.0 out of 5 stars A shambles with one redeeming feature
I bought "The Informers" Blu-ray because I enjoy Bret Easton Ellis books and had seen a few Amber Heard movies (Drive Angry, Zombieland, Pineapple Express)
Heard had impressed... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by G. K. Davies
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