The Informers

The Informers

Gregor Jordan (2009)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


The decadent lives of assorted amoral residents of 1980s Los Angeles, including an ageing newsreader, a successful movie producer, a drug-addled rock star and a hotel doorman drawn into kidnapping, interweave over the course of a week. Drama based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Winona Ryder.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Gregor Jordan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Jul 2009