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The Informant

You might be asking yourselves, "Should I go see the new Matt Damon movie?" Just in case you are, I'm here to save you from wasting $8.00 on a ticket. With the exception of Mr. Damon, this is probably one of the worst movies of 2009.



I'll give you the synopsis that I found on IMDB:

Mark Whitacre has worked for lysine developing company ADM for many years and has even found his way into upper management. But nothing has prepared him for the job he is about to undertake - being a spy for the FBI. Unwillingly pressured into working as an informant against the illegal price-fixing activities of his company, Whitacre gradually adopts the idea that he's a true secret agent. But as his incessant lies keep piling up, his world begins crashing down around him.

The movie is based on a real story.

What the IMDB synopsis doesn't tell you is that Whitacre contacts the FBI, accusing the ADM of something that you don't care about, because they really don't spend much time setting up the movie or its characters or its setting.

The movie opens with a scene of Damon (Mark Whitacre) and his kid driving through a cornfield and explaining what lycine is and how its used. This in and of itself is fine. It lets the audience know what lycine is, so they're not confused when the characters that they don't know or care about start saying it a lot. The problem with this scene is that it does nothing else for the film. We don't really get a sense of who the hell Mark Whitacre is and we don't even see a corn field or the kid for the rest of the fucking movie.

Ok so Whitacre goes to the FBI and blabs on ADM and the FBI agents make him a secret agent. He records a couple corporate meetings and busts ADM, but not for the original thing, but for price fixing with other international lycine companies, because Whitacre lied about the original thing, but exposed the price fixing plot in the process.

Oh and BTW ADM is kind of in on the whole thing, but you don't really know in they are, but it's really important for Whitacre to get a lawyer that isn't paid for by ADM.

You soon find out that not only did our hero lie, but we find out that he was embezzling money from the company the entire time. The FBI is now investigating Whitacre and you find out the he's a crazy impulsive liar and he blames it on Bi-Polar disorder. WTF!!! So now you don't even like the main hero because you have no basis for what is and is not real in a movie that has no exposition to begin with. (for those of you that don't know what exposition means: FUCK THIS FILM)

Ultimately you walk out of the movie going ....... "Did you like it?" "Not Really, did you?" "Like it, I didn't even know what was going on half the time and when I wasn't confused about what was going on in the movie, the music and the fact that every orange and beige scene looked the same made me want to rip my fucking eyeballs out and stuff my straw through my ears."

This is an overly produced piece of crap that has misused talent. Here's just part of the cast list: Matt Damon (He's won fucking oscars and he's funny as fuck.), Tom Papa (Hilarious!), Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Joel McHale (The Soup and the new hilarious NBC comedy, Community. Snarky, a little bit of an asshole, all awesome.), Patton Oswalt (Comedian), Paul F. Tompkins (Comedian). This movie had the potential to be one of the best comedies ever, I mean even the director Steven Soderbergh was supposed to be good, but instead it's a big pile of shit.

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 77% I say go see Love Happens instead, it came out today too.