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The only film with access to Darby since his public confession, Informant meticulously constructs a picture of his life - before and after the death threats - through interviews and tense reenactments starring Darby himself. Darby's version of events is accompanied - and often contradicted - by evidence from acquaintances and expert commentators on various points along the political spectrum, posing complicated questions about trust and the nature of reality. As David Hanners of St. Paul Pioneer
Sep 13, 2013 Limited
Nov 19, 2013
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This is a multilayered film that not only exposes a man's contradictions - a do-gooder narcissist; a thoughtful, delusional activist - but also speaks volumes about the fringes on both sides of the political spectrum.
This timely documentary passes the test as a work of balanced journalism about a man of fascinating contradictions.
Anyone interested in movement politics in the 21st century will get plenty to ponder in this well-made doumentary.
If his methods don't come off smoothly, Mr. Meltzer's conclusion does leave you feeling that even the whole story would be cold comfort for those involved.
What emerges is a vague, often chilling impression of an unpredictable opportunist and provocateur who may not even be sure himself.
It suffers from a slow start, but blossoms into a rather fascinating piece of nonfiction psychological portraiture.
Jamie Meltzer's outstanding documentary Informant is either a study of one man's evolving political views, or of a man whose psychological issues have granted him the gift of self-justification.
Meltzer hasn't unearthed enough fresh material, and he hasn't dug deeply enough into Darby's near-sociopathic opportunism.
It creates a useful distance between Brandon Darby and his stories that allow for us to assess them individually, reinforcing the film's suggestion that the truth is elusive.
While Meltzer's documentary is an interesting character study, this misguided informant is never quite as compelling as you'd hope.
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