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The Informant! [Blu-ray] (2009)

Matt Damon , Scott Bakula , Steven Soderbergh  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey
  • Directors: Steven Soderbergh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PR0YGC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The U.S. government decides to go after an agri-business giant with a price-fixing accusation based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president turned informant Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon).

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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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In 1992 Mark Whitacre, the President of Bio-Product division of ADM (powerful Fortune 500 company), became the highest ranking executive EVER to turn whistle blower. For three years he helped the FBI gather evidence of a multinational conspiracy to control the price of lysine. As a result, US government collected hundreds of millions of dollars in fines from ADM and foreign corporations, followed by prison sentences for three executives. These are events in real life as well as the movie. However, according to the opening credits, the film is not intended as a documentary and does depart from real life facts... The final, cheeky line of the prologue: "So there!", gives us a hint that, though the topic and the consequences suffered by many in this story are somber, what we are about to see is meant to amuse and entertain, as well as educate...

As promised, the chuckles do come often, but their source is not your typical one liners. Matt Damon is Whitacre, an inspired choice for the role. His plump, mustachioed and toupeed character comes across so harmless and ordinary you never question why his actions go undetected; even as his concealed recording equipment loudly malfunctions during a covert multinational executive meeting! You laugh at the bewilderment of FBI agents and the DA's office as they are led by the nose by Whitacre's increasingly outlandish antics. One could say "The Informant!" has the educational quality of an Aesop's fable: blinded by their desire to swallow a tasty morsel (ADM), the agents cross their fingers and fail to run even the most basic checks on their informant; checks that would immediately reveal inconsistencies in his stories (such as the true nature of his parentage, for example).

The film is not perfect.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A dark comedy about human foibles...and corn. February 17, 2010
Having grown up just a few miles from where the events of THE INFORMANT! took place (though I was just a kid at the time), I may be rather partial to the film; after all, Matt Damon and much of the supporting cast has the personality down pat, with a few aside-jokes that definitely capture the atmosphere of East-Central Illinois. But you don't have to be from here to appreciate the film's humor; you just have to be patient.

Why? Because THE INFORMANT is a slow burner. It's the story of Mark Whitacre, who decides to blow the lid on some illegal doings at the corn-processing plant where he works. Whitacre, however, is anything but the ideal witness--but it takes about two-thirds of the movie to find that out. Kudus to Joel McHale and Scott Bakula as the FBI agents in charge of Whitacre's case, and Soderbergh for actually making a movie of this; and a tip-of-the-hat to Matt Damon, who turns in a nuanced performance. But the character doesn't really build until the third act, which is the when the movie turns from humor to poignancy, and we realize the real tale here.

The thing is, it's just hard to forgive THE INFORMANT its slow build-up. Real hard. It's worth the effort; a lot of the humor is subtle, and the film progressively gets darker, until you realize this isn't a feel-good comedy after all. But it takes so long getting there, a large part of the audience is bound to stop caring. Thus, THE INFORMANT! is for patient fans of comedy (of which there are painfully few today). If nothing else, see it for Damon's spot-on performance; he and Bakula especially are taking this film and running with it, for better or worse (mainly better).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Informant! Movie Review from The Massie Twins September 18, 2009
Films like The Informant! have been done before, but Soderbergh's clever direction and several brilliant performances from a strong cast keep this upbeat tale of a downward spiral entertaining throughout, even when the pacing starts to slow. Approached almost like a spy spoof, this quirky true life story of a man deluded by spy grandeur and the denial of the severity of his crimes plays out a little like Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, though the lies and deceit go further against our beguiled protagonist living in a Grisham novel. The Informant! does reinforce the theory that truth is stranger than fiction, provided you can find the truth buried beneath all the layers of fraud, duplicity, and misguided intentions.

The industrious Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) has worked for lysine developing company ADM for many years and has even found his way into upper management. But nothing has prepared him for the job he is about to undertake - being a spy for the FBI. Unwillingly pressured into working as an informant against the illegal price-fixing activities of his company, Whitacre gradually adopts the idea that he's a true secret agent. As his incessant lies keep piling up, his world begins crashing down around him.

One of the most inventive aspects of The Informant! is the ceaseless, witty, rambling narration by Whitacre, who draws us into his compulsive mind by veering off in unrelated directions. To Mark, multi-tasking is the key to success, and just as he accomplishes many average chores simultaneously during the day, his narration multi-tasks as well, entertaining the audience with random musings while we're chuckling at his more meaningful actions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Damon as an actor but his politics are coo-coo for cocoa puffs.
Published 18 days ago by Dennis A. Hollingsworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good. A little confusing
Pretty good. A little confusing, at times.
Published 1 month ago by Barb B
3.0 out of 5 stars many people who thought “Inception” was the simply one of the best...
To dream, perchance to sleep… There are many, many people who thought “Inception” was the simply
one of the best movies ever. Likely you are male, 13-24 years old. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom S
5.0 out of 5 stars See once
Published 2 months ago by Peter E. Branconnier
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe this story.
Matt Damon did a great acting job. It is a dog eat dog world out there. It makes me sick when I see a sycophant kissing up. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult Story to Tell
I think what makes this story difficult to follow for an audience is the mundane, back room politicking that goes on within and between corporate executives to increase bottom... Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. Teslovich
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Bad
I went to see this movie in the theater. I think it was supposed to be a funny movie. I just laughed at how bad it was. This is one of Matt Damon's worst performances. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cagneyfan67
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and engaging.
Based on a true story (I love such movies). A very insightful and accurate portrayal of modern American Corporate culture. Matt Damon is superb.
Published 5 months ago by Rashid Osmani
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacularly Ridiculous!
This is a movie which needs to be watched more than once. It is funnier each time. You've got to really pay attention to the voice overs by Matt Damon (Mark Whitacre). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathy H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Soderbergh Sent in the Clowns...Good Job!l
Great movie. Matt Damon proves himself to be incredibly versatile by his great job in this role. Pretty true to the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kelly L. Norman
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