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Informant (2009)

Director: Steven Soderbergh     Starring: Matt Damon
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Format: DVD
Sku: 213656788
UPC: 883929022342
UPC 14: 00883929022342
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Based On A Tattle-Tale.
A rising star at agri-industry giant archer daniels midland whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the fbi, whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion.

"Its got a deliciously audacious and cheeky tenor.  Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian
"The Informant! chooses to earn its exclamation point with giggles as well as shock, and the results are thoroughly entertaining.  Tasha Robinson, The Onion A.V. Club
"More than any previous screen role, this one affords Damon a chance to work his sly comic chops.  Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Editor's Note
OCEAN'S 11's Steven Soderbergh and Matt Damon reunite for this comedy based on a true story. In THE INFORMANT, a high-ranking executive at Archer Daniels Midland joins forces with the FBI to bring down both his company and the entire food industry.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/23/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00883929022342
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Informant! - DVD Review
By: Mindy Peterman Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 2/10/2010 10:08 AM
“While this motion picture is based on real events, certain incidents and characters are composites, and dialogue has been dramatized. So there.” Before the title screen fades in, we are given this first hint into the duality that makes The Informant! so disturbing (the events are based on a true story) and “a real knee-slapper,” as Matt Damon’s Mark Whitacre might proclaim. The film, based on Kurt Eichenwald’s book, The Informant: A True Story, begins simply enough when we are introduced to Whitacre, a nerdy, bespectacled biochemist and the youngest vice-president of Archer Daniels Midland, or ADM, as the company is known....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Melanie Lynskey
Video Cast Info Scott Bakula
Video Cast Info Matt Damon
Video Cast Info Joel McHale
Video Cast Info Tony Hale
Video Cast Info Thomas F. Wilson
Video Cast Info Rick Overton
Video Cast Info Tom Papa
Video Cast Info Adam Paul
Video Cast Info Paul F. Tompkins
Video Cast Info Clancy Brown
Video Cast Info Patton Oswalt
Video Cast Info Steven Soderbergh - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Marvin Hamlisch - Composer
Video Cast Info Kurt Eichenwald - Producer
Video Cast Info Jeff Skoll - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Scott Burns - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Howard Braunstein - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael London - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jennifer Fox - Producer
Video Cast Info George Clooney - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Gregory Jacobs - Producer
Video Cast Info Kurt Eichenwald - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Steven Soderbergh - Director

Awards


Golden Globe (2010)
   Video Award Name Marvin Hamlisch, Nominee, Best Original Score - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Matt Damon, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"[This] wild ride of a movie takes surreal comic aim at the debased values of our society. The laughs sting like hell." 09/17/2009

A.V. Club
"The goofy tone and a cast sprinkled with comedy ringers hint that the film is headed down the rabbit hole well before Soderbergh stops playing it straight." -- Grade: A- 09/17/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
4 stars out of 4 -- "THE INFORMANT! is fascinating in the way it reveals two levels of events, not always visible to each other or to the audience..." 09/17/2009

Box Office
3 stars out of 5 -- "Set in the early '90s, Soderbergh suffuses it all with a Marvin Hamlisch score, which lends a certain nostalgic feel....[Damon] carries the film with considerable aplomb..." 09/11/2009

USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "Damon is superb as a demonically smart guy who comes across as rather dim....Undeniably compelling." 09/17/2009

New York Times
"[A] smart, cynical movie....Anger fuels THE INFORMANT!, giving it its pulse and reason for being." 09/18/2009

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- ?There is devilish fun in this look into 1990s white-collar crime....This is Damon like you?ve never seen him, and he goes for broke.? 10/01/2009

Entertainment Weekly
?[A] groovy-looking, chuckle-baiting, fact-based movie from protean director Stephen Soderberg....Scott Bakula makes an appealing FBI agent.? 09/25/2009

Washington Post
?The eccentricity, experimentation and sheer chops that have come to define Soderbergh?s best work all come to bear on THE INFORMANT!, a smart, funny, off-handedly efficient corporate espionage thriller.? 09/18/2009

Uncut
3 stars out of 5 -- "Steven Soderbergh's in his super-slick mode here....[Damon delivers] one of the year's stand-out performances." 11/30/2009

Premiere
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Director Steven Soderbergh crafts a complex, clever, and hilarious movie out of annual report source material." 02/24/2010

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
Mark Whitacre was the highest-ranking executive in U.S. history to blow the whistle in a case of corporate fraud. He ended up with a prison sentence three times longer than any of the criminal executives he exposed. To be sure, there was the detail of the $9 million that he embezzled along the way for his personal use. What we discover toward the end of The Informant! may help explain that theft, although he apparently didn't want that used in his defense...Whitacre, persuasively played by Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's new thriller, was a top vice president of Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur, one of the 50 largest corporations in America. Sprawling at the edge of the small central Illinois city, it is surrounded by miles of soybean fields, and if you buy Japanese tofu at Whole Foods, it probably passed through ADM on its way to Japan. It's also involved in several other crops, produces sweeteners, sells ethanol...The Informant! is fascinating in the way it reveals two levels of events, not always visible to each other or to the audience. A second viewing would be rewarding, knowing what we find out. Matt Damon's performance is deceptively bland. Whitacre comes from a world of true-blue Downstate people, without affectations, surrounded by some of the richest farmland in the world. His determination to wear the wire leads to situations where discovery seems inevitable, but he's seemingly so feckless that suspicion seems misplaced. What he's up to, is in some ways, so very simple. Even if it has the FBI guys banging their heads against the wall...Mark Whitacre, released a little early after FBI agents called him "an American hero,? is now an executive in a high-tech start-up in California and still married to Ginger. Looking back on his adventure, he recently told his hometown paper, the Decatur Herald and Review, "It's like I was two people. I assume that's why they chose Matt Damon for the movie, because he plays those roles that have such psychological intensity. In the 'Bourne' movies, he doesn't even know who he is.? - Roger Ebert

ReelViews 7 of 10
Under the control of a different director, The Informant! might have been a reasonably straightforward thriller. With Steven Soderbergh at the helm, however, this has become a whimsical, semi-comedic romp, complete with a score by Marvin Hamlisch that recalls kitschy '70s TV shows, cutesy captions, and a tongue-and-cheek approach to the entire story. Although loosely based on the true-life book by former New York Times journalist Kurt Eichenwald (who also serves as a producer), Soderbergh has transformed this into a treatise on the incompetence of everyone involved: the informant, the corporation upon which he informs, the lawyers, and the FBI. Strangely enough, it's completely believable...Movies with unreliable narrators can be fun because the viewer only thinks he knows what's going on, and it would be difficult to find a less trustworthy storyteller than Mark Whitacre. We get a sense of this early in the proceedings when Mark's voiceovers start offering tangential observations completely unrelated to the narrative. It's disconcerting to hear Matt Damon's voice offering an opinion about something that has nothing to do with what's transpiring on-screen. Some of the things he believes are at variance with the reality in which the movie is set. He sees himself as a secret agent when, in reality, he's closer to Maxwell Smart than James Bond...The film's quirky subject matter makes it more difficult to get a handle on than projects like Erin Brokovich and The Insider, where the toll of corporate malfeasance can be easily quantified and measured in terms of human suffering. In this case, the bottom line is that ADM is trying to collude with major corporations across the world to inflate profits for lysine, a food additive made from corn. This is big business, to be sure, but the subject matter is pretty hard for a movie-goer to get worked up about. That's why Soderbergh elected to focus less on the particulars of the investigation and more on the peculiarities of the whistle-blower. The resulting movie has its share of fun moments and is full of the absurd but it's probably easier to admire for its craft than it is to enjoy as conventional entertainment. Nevertheless, it evidences sufficient charm to make it worth viewing, especially when one considers how barren the current cinematic landscape is. - James Berardinelli

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