The Informant!

The Informant!

The Informant!

A true story becomes a comedy-thriller in the hands of director Steven Soderbergh. Matt Damon plays Mark Whitacre, an Ivy League Ph.D. who was an executive at agri-business giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in Illinois in the early 1990s.

Whitacre agreed to go undercover to help the FBI confirm price-fixing accusations but eventually cracked from the pressure. After working undercover for years, he became extremely manic, stopped sleeping during most nights, and was seen using a gas leaf blower on his driveway during a thunderstorm at three o'clock in the morning.

New Zealander Melanie Lynskey plays Whitacre's wife.

2009Rating: M108 minsUSA
ComedyThriller
Director:
Steven Soderbergh ('Che', 'Ocean's 11', 'Solaris', 'Traffic', 'Erin Brockovich')
Writer:
Scott Z. Burns
Cast:
Matt DamonFrank WelkerMelanie LynskeyScott BakulaPatton OswaltTony HaleJoel McHale

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The Informant! / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Amusingly eccentric rather than outright funny.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Matt Damon's old-fashioned, brilliantly calibrated character turn as a corporate schnook-turned-whistle-blower; and Marvin Hamlisch's retro-groovy score. For the movie's first hour or so, the pair of them together make for four-star entertainment. The last half hour, not so much.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

There is devilish fun in this look into 1990s white-collar crime. But the jokes are the kind you choke on.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

As Soderbergh lovingly peels away veil after veil of deception, the film develops into an unexpected human comedy. Not that any of the characters are laughing.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Good, lighthearted fun with a great performance by Matt Damon.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The whole film, a comedy about crime and mental illness, seems at war with itself.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It sets out to be less pompous than similar films, which inevitably means it feels less substantial. While amusing rather than hilarious, it ought to establish Matt Damon as a star character actor.

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