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on 7 December 2011
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. The states of mind all of these characters experience: the numbing of the soul because they have everything they want, the ennui and over-saturation, the apathy toward their fellow people, the vapidity that has spread through their very animus like a virus leaving them completely without desire and without conscious- it is a philosophical nightmare. It's an existential black hole that sucks and raison d'être the characters may ever have held. That is the point of this movie. That having everything is leaving nothing. That innocence is something that can never be recaptured. That is the lesson behind this movie- and it is thanks to the tone and messy narrative that you can feel that.