The Informant!

The Informant!

Steven Soderbergh (2009)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Steven Soderbergh uncovers the funny side of price-fixing scams and corporate espionage in this real-life tale. There are shades of the director's earlier Erin Brockovich here, except that Matt Damon is overweight, insecure and endearingly naive as the whistle-blower of the piece. He plays Mark Whitacre, a biochemist and top executive at an agricultural conglomerate who buckles under the pressure of spying for the FBI. We're made privy to his addled thoughts in a wry voiceover, but the tension of leading a double life doesn't come across quite as strongly in scenes at home with his trusting spouse (Melanie Lynskey). Damon conveys the vulnerability of his character, but the script fails to explore why Whitacre makes the choices he does. He's simply buffoonish. It's left to Scott Bakula to draw out the tragedy of Whitacre's situation, playing the FBI handler who must treat him with kid gloves as his behaviour becomes increasingly erratic.

Summary

A delusional executive at an agricultural corporation becomes an FBI mole, setting out to expose his employers' corrupt business practices and make himself a public hero. However, his bizarre behaviour and own illegal financial activities threaten the entire operation. Steven Soderbergh's fact-based comedy thriller, starring Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey and Scott Bakula.

Cast & Crew

Mark Whitacre Matt Damon
FBI Special Agent Brian Shepard Scott Bakula
FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon Joel McHale
Ginger Whitacre Melanie Lynskey
Terry Wilson Rick Overton
Mick Andreas Tom Papa
Mark Cheviron Thomas F Wilson
Aubrey Daniel Clancy Brown
James Epstein Tony Hale
Robin Mann Ann Cusack
Mark Whitacre's father Frank Welker
Director Steven Soderbergh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrothersAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Nov 2009
Drama Comedy