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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 (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PR0YGC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Informant! [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary by director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Burns
Additional scenes

Editorial Reviews

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).

Customer Reviews

I just wanted the movie to end!
K. Heinze
I think it was filmed this way to show how crazy the main character was, but that does not translate into a real sound reason for reflecting such a fact in the movie.
Dr. Who, What, Where?
Matt Damon did a great acting job.
R. Lee

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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Shopper on September 19, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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 By DanD VINE VOICE on February 17, 2010
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. (Harry) Hernandez VINE VOICE on January 2, 2011
Format: DVD
THE INFORMANT! (2008-2009) was a bit of a thrill for me because it co-starred my favorite Missourian, Scott Bakula as FBI Special Agent Brian Shepard, and because it was filmed in Dekalb, Illinois - not far afield from my own home. Despite the somewhat odious Matt Damon in the starring role, I had to see this movie.

It did not disappoint. Weirdo Mark Whitacre (Damon in his best Clooney rip-off despite the 30 LBS. he added to his poor self) is a shmuck who works for an agricultural/farming corporation of which subject I know so little, he might as well have been in a panty hose factory. He contacts the FBI (poor Bakula being shunted into what is basically a walk-on role) - he wants them to investigate price-fixing (on farmers' chemicals I guess), insider trading and so forth.

He wears a wire, years pass (the time span is 1992 to 2002), and the FBI has its case. Or does it? Whitacre turns out to be the conman of the millennium, telling lie after lie until even the viewer gets a migraine. Whitacre, it turns out, has masterminded everything, from massive embezzlement (it's funny how the amount keeps going up every time it's mentioned) to the very price-fixing and insider trading that are being investigated. He has masterminded the manipulation of the corporation he works for AND the poor FBI. It takes a dozen lawyers to ferret him out in the end.

If this was a true story, God help us all!

Watching Bakula's screen time was a joy. He is wonderful in roles like these, and I am glad to see he's as busy as a beaver. When his Agent Shepard (a play on the "good shepherd", get it?) starts to have a meltdown after he learns of Whitacre's treachery, it is priceless. Shepard had been Whitacre's staunchest supporter.
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