The Informant! (2009)
Critic Consensus: A charismatic turn by star Matt Damon and a consistently ironic tone boost this quietly funny satire about a corporate whistle-blower.
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as Mark Whitacre
as FBI Special Gent Brian Shepard
as FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon
as Ginger Whitacre
as Mark Cheviron
as James Epstein
as Sid Hulse
as Alexander Whitacre
as Kirk Schmidt
as Liz Taylor
as Mick Andreas
as Terry Wilson
as FBI Special Agent Kate Medford
as FBI Special Agent Dean Paisley
as Rusty Williams
as Marty Allison
as Peter Dryer
as Reinhard Richter
as Hirokazu Ikeda
as Kazutoshi Yamada
as Kanji Mimoto
as Philippe Rollier
as Alain Crouy
as Robin Mann
as Joon Mo Suh
as James Mutchnik
as FBI Special Agent Ken Temples
as Dwayne Andreas
as Aubrey Daniel
as John Dowd
as Ed Herbst
as Ron Henkoff
as Scott Roberts
as Visiting Client
as Mary Spearing
as Dr. Derek Miller
as FBI Special Agent Anthony D'Angelo
as Bob Zaideman
as FBI Special Agent Michael Bassett
as Sheldon Zenner
as FBI Special Agent Robert Grant
as Mark Whitacre's Mother
as Mark Whitacre's Father
as Correctional Officer
as Whitacre's Second Attorney
as Judge Harold Baker
as FBI Agent at Raid
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Critic Reviews for The Informant!
In the end, it seems as though it's better to aim for searing moments and whiff on greatness than to shoot for the middle and hit it.
It may come across like a self-satisfied madcap bauble, but that titular exclamation mark is the key that unlocks the myriad subtextual delights of Soderbergh's timely latest.
Damon is an agile comic performer, and Soderbergh knows how to serve him up without losing sight of the ultimate seriousness behind it all.
Soderbergh is a good listener, too, always alert to the myriad ways his characters reveal, conceal and finally betray themselves in thought, word and deed.
Mark's collection of bizarre behaviors doesn't add up to a character.
Soderbergh has transformed this into a treatise on the incompetence of everyone involved: the informant, the corporation upon which he informs, the lawyers, and the FBI. Strangely enough, it's completely believable.
Audience Reviews for The Informant!
Matt Damon is so confident and charismatic as a compulsive liar who becomes an unusual corporate whistleblower for the FBI, and even if the narrative is not as compelling as it could be, this is a nice film that manages to be interesting in all its oddness.
Matt Damon becomes the American other Americans think of if asked "what is an American?" in this pointed farce that targets the difference between what Americans are versus who we think we are. The barbs are fast and furious, probably requiring a second viewing, and'll leave you wondering: "when did I know this likable charmer was lying" and "do I realise when I am?" All in all an entertaining package.
The Informant! Quotes
|Mark Whitacre:||Is it Porsche or Porsche'?|
|Terry Wilson:||Well, there you have it, from Mark Whitacre, Ph.D. You know what the Ph.D. stands for, don't you? Piled higher and deeper.|
|Mark Whitacre:||Paranoid is what people who are trying to take advantage of you call you to get you to drop your guard!|
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