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The Informers 2009 R CC

(80) IMDb 5.1/10
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From the author of LESS THAN ZERO comes a new tale of 1980s Los Angeles as a lost generation drifts through a world of lust, greed and addiction.

Jon Foster, Billy Bob Thornton
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Gregor Jordan
Starring Jon Foster, Billy Bob Thornton
Supporting actors Austin Nichols, Amber Heard, Lou Taylor Pucci, Fernando Consagra, Aaron Himelstein, Mel Raido, Rhys Ifans, Germán Tripel, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Brad Renfro, Suzanne Ford, Cameron Goodman, Mickey Rourke, Angela Sarafyan, Chris Isaak, Diego Leske, Katy Mixon
Studio Senator Distribution
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kirby L. Wallace on September 29, 2009
Format: DVD
As I began watching this movie, the immeidate parallel that I drew was "Less Than Zero." I didn't know until it was over, and googled the cast, that I found out that it was written by the same guy. Very similar in mood.

In fact, I think the mood is more the point of the movie than anything else, and in that respect I can testify for it's accurate portrayal since I was exactly the age of characters at exactly that time. The dress, the look, the "searching", the feel of opulent loneliness, or exquisite desperation... It really did feel exactly like that in the early to mid eighties club scene.

Others have criticized the story line for being shallow, but hey, we were shallow. There were a couple of places that I thought seemed a bit "contrived", but even those mirrored some of my own sentiments from that time. I'm speaking of one instance where two of the guys are talking, and one of them is beginning to question his lifestyle and the other is definately not. He begins talking how he needs "someone to tell him what's right and what's wrong..." and I'm thinking, "Well, that came out of nowhere..." But when I look back, I did a lot of the same questioning myself, after coming home from a night on the beach clubs.

The movie is a series of pretty much independent character stories, in the same sort of vein as "Crash", but without the obviously clear connections between all the characters. They seem less connected to each other than in Crash. I'm not sure what Renfro's and Rourke's characters had to do with anything, though, and that whole plot line could have been dropped from the movie entirely with no sense of loss at all.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Freedman on March 24, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Bret Easton Ellis is not the everyman's writer. He is a literary writer and a noble, hilarious satirist. The Informer's is mood and tone perfect a translation of his literature to film. This appeal won't necessarily be the right kind of appeal for most people, however the implicit satirizations of social convention, indifference, vanity and acceptable decadence ring true as important motifs worthy of cinematic exploration.

This movie does not have a plot with a start and an end. We meet doomed souls, with very sad lives, where everything gets worse and nothing is ever answered. How unlike real life is it? Is it the pre-occupation with narcissim and nihilism and hedonism that these men and women so lose themselves to it, merge with the emptiness and become...nothing. Several of the actors bring true emotional gravitas to their performances and it is scalding. Mickey Rourke is terrifying. Kim Basinger is sad and weak and desperate and conniving. How could anyone sympathize with any of these characters? That's right you can't. The beauty is in the subversion, as these questionable people hold up well underneath current civil concepts of social stature. These are the wealthy status symbols that have obtained the American Dream, and have lived it so raw that no meaning can possibly be gained from it. This is a lesson in casual moral truth. The Informer's is a very important satirical piece, written by a genius satirist. Within fifty years, this film as well as his literature will be regarded as some of the most sadly insightful criticisms of society, social status elitism and the prosperity inherent to it. He tears it apart, perhaps some of the caricatures are too exaggerated, but they were envisioned with feverish dispassion and precision.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 25, 2009
Format: DVD
In adapting his own novel, Bret Easton Ellis' The Informers depicts the hollow, self-obsessed world of early 1980s Los Angeles with enough vivid detail to keep you enthralled. Among the denziens of The Informers are a Hollywood exec (Billy Bob Thornton) playing both his ex-wife (Kim Basinger) and his newscaster mistress (Winona Ryder), while his son (Jon Foster) finds himself among a group of young and privilaged who are in the thick of drugs and sex, including his girlfriend (Amber Heard). Also on the plate here are an empty-souled rock star (Mel Raido), a distant father (Chris Isaak) and son (Lou Taylor Pucci), and a lonely belhop (Brad Renfro in his final film role) caught in a dangerous web with his amoral, ex-con uncle (Mickey Rourke). While there is certainly to truly enjoy in The Informers, what the film does manage to accomplish is being an accurate enough adaptation of Ellis' own novel. And, while the film is faithful, well-made, well-acted, and well-directed by Gregor Jordan, it ends up leaving the viewer feeling nearly as empty as the characters that it portrays, so much so that it'll leave you wondering just what the point of it all is. Still, there have been worse adaptations of Ellis' work in the past, and in that regard, The Informers is certainly worth a look at the very least.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 30, 2009
Format: DVD
Intrigued by the premise of the decadent 80s in LA [and all the star names associated with this movie], I decided to rent it. The result however was completely underwhelming, and left me feeling disappointed and annoyed at wasting my time on it. The movie plays out ala "Crash" in the sense that you have all these characters that are kind of linked with each other through certain circumstances. There's a Hollywood honcho [Billy Bob] who has a tumultuous and strained relationship with his wife [Kim Basinger] because of his dalliances with a newscaster [Winona Ryder]. His son [Jon Foster] is heavily involved in a world of sex and drugs, a world which includes his promiscuous girlfriend [Amber Heard]. There's a father-son pair who can't seem to connect with each other [Chris Isaak and Lou Taylor Pucci], a disillusioned rock star [Mel Raido], and a doorman [Brad Renfro, whose appearance in this movie was his last prior to his death] who is forced to put up with his con artist/criminal uncle [Mickey Rourke] and his nefarious activities [which include the kidnapping of minors].

The story arcs seem compelling, but they are never explored with any great level of depth, and the connection between these various arcs are at best, tenuous. I just felt underwhelmed by most of the performances - Billy Bob just seems to have this vacant expression on his face for most of the movie, Amber Heard's performance highlight was exposing her delectable bits and pieces, Brad Renfro blubbers throughout, and the list goes on. The exception was Kim Basinger who is actually quite compelling and credible in the role of the betrayed wife.

"The Informers" tries its best to engage viewers' attention and elicit sympathy, but I felt emotionally disconnected from the major players, and felt the movie was shallow and under-developed in its' theme and characters portrayals. A rental at best.
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