Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Informant! (Para-Review)



Mark Whitacre has worked hard to secure his future with ADM, a Fortune 500 agri-business giant. However through an apparent moral decision, he decides to leak information about the company's involvement in a large price fixing scheme to the FBI. With this information they decide to pressure Mark into becoming an informant to secure enough evidence to take down the corruct executives. He quickly becomes more and more comfortable with his new position, believing himself to be a "Secret Agent". However as Marks little white lies start overwhelming him, his new world becomes less and less confortable.

I didn't really know what to expect, the trailers played it up to be much more of a comedy then it ended up being. However it was still really good, great performance by Damon, and unless you already knew the true story(I didn't)then the events really keep you guessing what is really going on, and may give you a few "What the. . ." moments. I mean that is a good way.

The highlight of the film was the narration, which is basically random and irrelevant ramblings, and strange facts playing in Whitacre's head that have nothing to do with the story at all. Example;

"When polar bears hunt, they crouch down by a hole in the ice and wait for a seal to pop up. They keep one paw over their nose so that they blend in, because they've got those black noses. They'd blend in perfectly if not for the nose. So the question is, how do they know their noses are black? From looking at other polar bears? Do they see their reflections in the water and think, "I'd be invisible if not for that." That seems like a lot of thinking for a bear. "

. . .amazing!

8/10

A Film by Steven Soderbergh

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