The Informant!: Movie Review
Cast: Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale
Director: Steven Soderbergh
The Informant! is the tale of Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) a rising executive
at the American agricultural firm during the 1990s.
Despite doing well within the company, Whitacre ends up blowing the whistle
to an FBI agent (Scott Bakula) about apparent price fixing within the market
instigated by the very people he works with.
However, as the FBI dig deeper into what's going on, Whitacre reveals more
about the company's involvement with lysine, an additive used in the commercial
And the closer the FBI get to nabbing those responsible, the more bizarre
turns the investigation takes thanks to the increasingly erratic behaviour of
The Informant! is a curious new film from Matt Damon and Steven
Based on an apparently true story, there's a feeling of growing incredulity
the longer the film goes on. Matt Damon's Whitacre is clearly a conflicted and
bipolar character, whose tormented inner monologue at key moments see him
ruminate on the minutiae of life - one side comment sees him wondering how polar
bears learnt to cover their black noses when hunting given they had no concept
of black and white.
It's a dark comedy that Soderbergh's created in places - but with
tremendously solid performances from the likes of Damon and Taranaki's very own
Melanie Lynskey (who plays Whitacre's long suffering wife), you're never quite
100% sure where to laugh - or even if you should.
As the film nears its conclusion, there's more than just a little element of
screwball appearing in it as Whitacre's world begins to unravel.
Blessed with a brilliant bossanova 70s style soundtrack, The Informant! is an
odd treat with unexpected and unbelievable moments. Granted there will be those
who feel the film is trying a little too hard to be quirky and aiming for an
insane zaniness; however, at the film's conclusion, you'll be hard pressed to
have anything but an unusual admiration for Whitacre and how he led the entire
FBI on a wild dance.