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The Informant! Reviews

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October 26, 2014
Unsure, but it could be good.
October 9, 2014
Underrated story of bizarre corporate executive, Mark Whitacre in a story of manufactured espionage that keeps the viewer thinking throughout the entire film. Funny, dark and disturbing when one thinks of the people running corporate America.
½ September 14, 2014
Enjoyed this, can't remember a single thing about it.
½ September 13, 2014
The plot is a bit hard to follow (I'm still not entirely sure what was lies and what wasn't), the digital photography is occasionally ugly, and it doesn't quite square its clashing tones (the music seems incongruous), but when it's trying to be funny it succeeds, and Damon is great, especially in the unexpectedly devastating psychiatrist's-letter scene, which the whole movie is basically building towards. Not Soderbergh's best, but still entertaining and compelling.
August 28, 2014
Richard Horvitz, famous for voicing Alpha 5 and Zim, is in this masterpiece. I know him personally, and seeing this would be awesome!
August 5, 2014
It takes a while to get going .Matt Damon is the balls and Scott Bakula is the finest actor of his generation. Great to see him in a major feature again. Damon's character is a right f**kin mong, across between Deidre Barlow's ex husband John and Jim Carry in Liar Liar.
½ July 11, 2014
"Unbelievable" (used in a negative context) is the perfect word to describe this film. Despite the beautiful cinematography and stellar cast, the best part about the movie is the preview (which is deceiving). It's not that hilarious. Whitacre is an unlikable character, whose pathetic unwinding reveals a greedy, pathological, and self-absorbed personality, who lacks any self-loathing. It's impossible to sympathize with a character this despicable, which in turn renders the film difficult to enjoy.
½ June 18, 2014
Whatever reasons there are to watch The Informant! are overshadowed by the fact that I was simply willing to watch anything directed by Steven Soderbergh.

The Informant! sees director Steven Soderbergh returning to the territory of making a biopic about a whistleblower after his last effort of doing so on the Academy Award winning biopic Erin Brockovich. But instead of taking a solely dramatic angle on the film, Steven Soderbergh decides to give a really light-hearted mood to The Informant! while maintaining the dramatic nature of the story so that it finds an interesting balance between comedy and drama. Although the film itself is not the most consistently interesting, the approach that Steven Soderbergh takes does manage to ensure that the film transcends the generic style of filmmaking in the usual formula of such a film. The final product is half decent, but Steven Soderbergh's role as director is one of the best aspects of the film simply because he puts a special kind of twist on the film.
The Informant! doesn't live up to Erin Brockovich because it just isn't as inspiring or meaningful. I mean, the two stories are very different and the films follow different styles, but the fact that Steven Soderbergh made both of them left them open to comparison. Both films have their own positive elements such as good acting, but Erin Brockovich is a lot more deep and has firm social commentary whereas The Informant! is more of a talkative film. Erin Brockovich was about the titular woman as well as her involvement in the legal system, whereas The Informant! is less focused on the former and essentially solely dedicated to the latter which means that it is a very talkative film and seems more theoretical than human. The problem is that it doesn't emphasise the people in the film and more just the story itself, even though it does touch upon Mark Whitacre a decent amount. I guess what I'm saying is that The Informant! lacks depth and attempts to make up for it with an innovative style, but there is only so far that it can actually go which means that the story is not always interesting and has a tendency to drag on for extended periods of time at certain moments in the film. A lot of The Informant! is a drag and it isn't consistent as a comedy or drama and comes up short in terms of laughs and effective dramatic themes, so it is a bit of a mixed quality film.
But as a whole, The Informant! was still worth a viewing. While it was imperfect, Steven Soderberg's energetic direction on the film gives it the treatment that it needs to stand out from the crowd. While its story is not too great, the actual storytelling is good because Steven Soderbergh's stylish direction gives it a certain kind of amiable charm. The cinematography is good and reflects an earlier time period in cinema which gives The Informant! the feeling of age that it really needs to have a genuine sense of legitimacy. The cinematography in the film is reminiscent of a classical film style, as is the musical score which gives it the humourous edge of a Charlie Chaplin film and makes the experience more enjoyable. The style is the one thing that makes The Informant! enough to actually stand out from a crowd, and for that aspect mostly it is an enjoyable film. Of course, the cast also do their part to ensure that the film is good.
Matt Damon is a terrific casting choice for the lead role of Mark Whitacre because he captures the correct level of neuroticism for the character in a sense which is both humourous and dramatic and remains consistently interesting, all the while he works on creating a character that viewers genuinely sympathise for. He manages to step away from the standard and stereotypical Matt Damon performance that viewers have come to expect from him through small means, such as the fact that his costume alters his look to have him seem a lot like someone else as well as the sense that he is not an overconfident or ridiculously heroic figure. Although The Informant! does not have all that much of a human side to it, the amount of effort that Matt Damon puts into his performance manages to come off successfully from both a comedic and dramatic perspective which has viewers supporting his actions and laughing at some of his small anecdotes as well. Matt Damon steps into his role well and delivers another successful performance which works as a dramatic role and has a decent comic edge to it at the same tine which ends up ensuring that he carries the film to the end by delivering his lines with realism and dedication to character.
Melanie Lynskey also makes a very genial presence. Although I'm sort of a sucker for her because of her role as Rose on Two and a Half Men which was always a sweet and likable character despite actually being a sociopath, and she brings some of her natural charm over into The Informant! by using it to create a chemistry with Matt Damon which has a feel of reality to it and gives the film a more genuine edge. The Informant gains quite a bit of benefit simply from the presence of Melanie Lynskey, and her delightful line delivery is very enjoyable which ensures that she ends up giving a nice performance and that she is one of the most memorable aspects ot The Informant! in my personal opinion.
Joel McHale and Patton Oswalt also give good supporting efforts to The Informant! of their own right.

But despite the talents of the cast and the innovative style of filmmaking that Steven Soderbergh gives to The Informant! as director, the story is simply too talkative and lacking in depth to feel humane or inspiring and does not match up to his similarly themed prior film, Erin Brockovich.
½ June 16, 2014
This movie was awful. The acting was decent and the only thing good about it was that the plot is based on a true story.
½ June 11, 2014
This movie was hilarious in an unconventional way. You surround a successfully dramatic actor with a cast consisting mostly of comedians acting seriously and throw in a score straight out of the seventies and you have a very entertaining movie. The movie also plays out like a mystery because you start to develop a certain suspicion that is resolved when the credits are about to roll.
½ May 7, 2014
A strange little dark comedy.
April 29, 2014
What an irritatingly charismatic character!
½ April 22, 2014
The Informant is amusing and smart for most of the film Matt Damon is really good as Mark Whitacre but the film got really confusing after such a promising start
April 1, 2014
How much excitement can you possibly get at seeing price-fixing over the course of several years. The answer is not much, so the overall quality of this film revolves entirely around Matt Damon's performance. And he is doing a fine job.

I would recommend this film for those who want to get into acting. The main character is a chronic liar, the movie even states of how difficult it is to figure out when he is telling the truth.

The cinematographer does his best to make the film visually interesting as possible, but that only goes so far.
½ March 30, 2014
Matt Damon shows off his impressive flexibility as an actor in what is an intriguing tale about a truly bizarre man.
½ March 19, 2014
Just strange. Not good strange not bad strange.strange strange
March 2, 2014
another good character study from director soderbergh
March 2, 2014
I think that it will be one of those corny movies, but I still want to see it. :)
February 18, 2014
Matt Damon is a whistle blower of a food company in a price fixing investigation. However, the FBI soon finds out that he isn't the most reliable person and is prone to making things up which won't help things at all. A light comedy, it tells the story pretty well and doesn't overstay its welcome. Doesn't do much more than what you would expect going in though.
February 17, 2014
Clever, and incredible that this was a true story. But I didn't quite get why the makers of the film chose that kind of quirky/weird approach for the movie. Maybe it wouldn't have been interesting enough otherwise... Which makes me wonder if the story was really interesting enough to tell in the first place.
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