This is to inform you that The Informant is a good flick, funny and clever, but , uneven enough to miss greatness
Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) is a biochemist who works for a large,
Illinois-based firm. He and his wife, Ginger, seem to be living the
good life and are actually building a horse stable on their extensive
property. But, one day, Mark decides to approach the FBI and tell them
tales about how he believes a "mole" is damaging his work on a popular
additive by injecting a virus into the formulas. Over the course of his
stories, he also blows the whistle on his own firm's participation in a
global "price fix" for that same additive. Agent Brian (Scott Bakula)
is as amazed at Mark's information as he is by the biochemist's ego and
blathering. However, he has no choice but to ask Mark to wear a wire
and record the information vital to putting an end to the fix. Over the
course of the next couple years, Mark and Brian do a crazy, uneven
waltz to get the goods on the firm's higher-ups. But, can anyway really
trust Mark, especially with his pension for telling tall, tall tales?
This film is really quite funny and clever, based on a true story. But,
the plot is also rather complex and uneven, resulting in moments of
high humor and zest amidst more banal scenes. The use of a "Walter
Mitty" type running commentary on life, by Mark, is the glue that truly
holds the film together. As the informant, Damon gleefully and deftly
fulfills his role as a pathological liar whose misguided dreams of
grandeur derail his own intelligence and talent. All of the other cast
members, including Bakula, are also quite fine. The scenery ranges from
Illinois farm country to Japan to Mexico and back again, but, alas,
there are no sweeping panoramas or visually stunning sets. On the other
hand, the costumes and hair styles, from the early 1990's, are fun and
the other production values are good, too. As for the script and
direction, they alternate between genuinely winning lines and scenes to
ones that fall forcefully flat. All in all, if you like Soderbergh,
Damon or those out-of-sync movies that never feel like Hollywood
die-cuts, this is a film you will appreciate. But, the casual film goer
may find himself a bit bored..
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Steven Soderbergh is not in form this time around 'The Informant'
proves that! May it be based on anyone's adventures or misadventures,
if it's converted into a film, then needs to be lot of polishing. 'The
Informant' is the story of liar!
The main problem with 'The Informant' is its oh-so-hi-fi storytelling,
this one caters to a very tiny section of audience. Not everyone is
bound to understand each & every twist-n-turn of of this political dark
Matt Damon is the sole saving grace. The highly-talented actor proves
his versatility yet again, playing the character of Mark Whitacre with
Not much left to write about. This one's a disappointment from an