The Informant: DVD Review
Released by Warner Home Video
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 livestock industry.
And that's nothing
in comparison to the odd behaviour exhibited by Whitacre the closer the FBI
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 Steven 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.