The Informers

  • 15
  • Gregor Jordan (2009)
  • US / Ger
  • 93 min
The Informers
Film Review
Reviewed By
1 out of 5

Just in case anyone's getting too nostalgic about the decade of jaunty synth pop and silly haircuts, this dramatisation of Bret Easton Ellis's novel will remind us that, in wealthy Los Angeles at least, the early 1980s was a big moral vacuum of meaningless sex and empty drug-taking. It's an overstuffed ensemble drama that includes self-obsessed studio boss Billy Bob Thornton and his brittle, pill-popping spouse Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke as a ruthless minor crook, Chris Isaak shining in a comic role as a sozzled dad, and Brad Renfro making his final screen appearance as a twitchy concierge (who at least displays some sign of scruples). Although Ellis co-wrote the script, there's little of his satirical edge here. Instead Buffalo Soldiers director Gregor Jordan lingers over the bare flesh, shiny surfaces and white powder with tut-tutting seriousness, somehow under the impression that this flat, repetitive and utterly misguided film is telling us something that wasn't already old hat 20 years ago.

Plot Summary

Ensemble drama featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Winona Ryder. In 1980s Los Angeles, the wealthy, the famous and the privileged seem to have it all, but beneath the glamorous facade they each face their own personal struggles.

Cast and crew

Cast

William
Billy Bob Thornton
Laura
Kim Basinger
Peter
Mickey Rourke
Cheryl
Winona Ryder
Graham
Jon Foster (1)
Christie
Amber Heard
Martin
Austin Nichols
Tim
Lou Taylor Pucci
Jack
Brad Renfro
Les
Chris Isaak

Crew

Director
Gregor Jordan

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 17 Jul 2009
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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