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Informant!, The (2009) Movie Information

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Steven Soderbergh


Matt Damon
Scott Bakula
Tony Hale
Tom Papa
Melanie Lynskey
Eddie Jemison





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Mark Whitacre, a high-ranking, agri-business executive for Archer Daniels Midland turns FBI informant about a price-fixing scheme. But the bi-polar Whitacre, who figures himself a hero to people, may be more trouble than he's worse when his own transgressions are brought to light. -- Chris Kavan

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Snoogans 05/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Ironically funny tale based on a real situation. The film takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the incompetence of which the situation was handled, complete with amusing music cues and casting of some comedic performers. Damon's acting turn is quite good, especially his character's quirky inner narration.

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I dont know if I liked this movie or hated it but I do know I found Matt Damons character annoying

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Chris Kavan 01/02/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It's Matt Damon in a different kind of role, but it works. This film is strange bird - you think it's a comedy, but then it pulls the rug out from under you. I don't know if I want to applaud the fraud or punch him in the face. The music and voice overs are hilariously inappropriate, but somehow fit perfectly.

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09/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Informant! review

A supposed comedy version of The Insider. Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) works for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and has insider information in which FBI agent Brian Shepard (Scott Bakula) would like to investigate in certain corporate crimes. Real highlights here would be the solid performance of Damon, screenplay and style of direction. Best lines were: Mark - " Paranoid is what people who are trying to take advantage of you call you to get you to drop your guard! " and "here are other ones, butterflies, they're orange, blue and yellow too but no poison wings. They're just flying around, looking dangerous, getting by on their looks." Humor was dry though and other background characters were not as interesting. The Informant! has certain plot twists, and those who enjoy true to life stor...

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01/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Informant!" by Yojimbo

The Informant! is based on the true story of corporate whistle blower Mark Whitacre who came to the FBI with evidence of global price fixing, but caused their case to become threatened when it became obvious that he was a compulsive liar and embezzler. The film is a kind of comic throwback to the cold war thrillers of the 70s with the espionage being perpetrated by big business rather than the super powers. In fact it is the tone that Soderbergh chose for the film that never really sat well with me; namely the soundtrack that consists of a constant stream of cheesy lift muzak gives it the feeling of a light-hearted sitcom and although Matt Damon puts in a winning performance as Whitacre, the format really contains little more than stream of scenes involving men in ties having meetings whi...

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12/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Matt Damon Bombs

Megan Fox or Matt Damon? Megan Fox or Matt Damon? This was my quandary as I stood in front of the box office this afternoon. While part of me was curious to see if ‘Jennifer’s Body’ could chew all of the bite taken by its previews; I also felt that it would probably be a bit too sophomoric in the end. To me, ‘The Informant!’ seemed like a vote for cinematic intelligence – boy was I gonna be sorry!

I really hate to pan this movie because Matt Damon, as Mark Whitacre, truly acts his posterior (and his prosthetic nose) off in this snoozer of a flick. That fact alone makes this barely watch-able, since he’s in 99.9% of the scenes. Directed by Steven Soderbergh (‘Michael Clayton, ‘Pleasantville’, ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’); the script plays out like a one note song.

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