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  • Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke, Jon Foster
  • Directors: Gregor Jordan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LL16AY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,836 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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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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This has had some bad and, perhaps, unfair reviews. The title is wrong – “Feckless Lives” would be more appropriate. There is no story – more of a snap shot into the lives of a successful rock band and their entourage. Set in the 80’s with a backdrop of emerging HIV, various parts of their lives emerge – drugs, sex - and a pointless existence with no moral compass. “I want some to tell me what is right and wrong” says one character. Yes, worth watching.
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Despite terrible reviews when it came out, The Informers has become something of a cult movie in subsequent years. I find it all very glamorous, sordid and fascinating with an 80's soundtrack that sounds even better than it did at the time, unless you were on acid. Flock of Seagulls, the Fixx... I swoon! I watched it for, I think, the fourth time, tonight and it's appeal is undiminished. If the rumoured 160 minute version really exists, I would certainly like to see it.
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I watched `The Informers` with the lowest of expectations.While it doesn't
rank with classics such as American psycho or The Ruoles Of Attraction
it is still entertaining with a great effort from the cast and crew
including the late Brad Renfro and marvellous Mickey Rourke.

The films plot focuses on the high's and lows of a group of wealthy
and eccentric characters in LA whose lives involve drugs and partying.
While the movie has it's flaws it still beats other movies of it's genre.
Take Magnolia for example.
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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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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. This, together with the view of splendid male and female bodies mostly naked, is the major asset of the movie. I actually cannot remember why I bought it. I give 3 stars instead of 2 (as it would deserve) due to the good craftsmanship, pictures, and soundtrack
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