Informant, The (2009): Soderbergh’s Comedy, Starring Matt Damon in Top Form

Socially relevant, The Informant! Soderbergh’s darkly humorous comedy about corporate greed, multinational price fixing, wiretapping, embezzlement, FBI investigations and high-level whistleblowers, finds him in top mainstream and entertaining form, after making the audacious but flawed epic “Che” and the low-budget experimental indie, “The Girlfriend Experience.”
“The Informant” world-premiered at the Venice Film Fest (out of competition) and plays at Toronto Film Fest (in Special Presentations series) before getting released theatrically by Warner on September 18, 2009.
The film’s motto can be summed up: “Everyone in this country is a victim of corporate crime by the time they finish breakfast.” Set between 1992 and 1996, and structured as a journey, “The Informant” follows the strange, unpredictable path of Mark Whitacre from corporate golden boy all the way to FBI informant.  
Anchored by a splendid performance from Matt Damon in the lead, “The Informant” adds an original panel to a growing body of American films, dramas, melodramas, thrillers, and now comedies, about the unique aspects of the American corporate world, and by extension, American capitalism.
Soderbergh himself has dealt with this milieu and similar issues in the 2000 Oscar-winner “Erin Brockovich,” starring Julia Roberts.  It would be interesting to place his latest work in the context of Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” (a sequel is in the works), Steve Zaillian’s “A Civil Action,” and Michael Mann’s “The Insider,” to mention a few good films of this uniquely American sub-genre.
Sporting a mustache and glasses and carrying an extra weight of 30 pounds, Damon plays Mark Whitacre, a rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), who moves up the ranks and establishes a degree of success before suddenly turning into a whistleblower.
“The Informant” would have been relevant and engrossing even if it were not inspired by an actual case, and the fact that it is just adds another dimension of topicality to the picture. Based on the story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history, “The Informant” was scripted by Scott Z. Burns, drawing on Kurt Eichenwald’s well-respected book, “The Informant (A True Story).”
When the saga begins, Whitacre, a biochemist and astute businessman, is on the fast track at agricultural conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), a greedy, expansive company with many vested interests. His job puts him in a position to know and play a part in the inner workings of ADM, mostly above the board, but also in some activities that are behind closed doors and under the table.

The tale depicts in detail the process by which Whitcare exposes his company’s multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, all along envisioning and deluding himself that he is a new type of celeb, a hero of the common man. When the FBI needs hard evidence (“show me the facts”), Whitacre agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a new version of 007, a top secret agent.

Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn’t been so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. In time, Whitacre’s ever-changing account frustrates the agents (played by Scott Bakula and Joel McHale) and threatens the very case against ADM, as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre’s fertile and perverse imagination.

Taking an ironic-comedic approach to the material, Soderbergh proves to be the right director, walking a fine line between a dark satire and an outrageous farce. Indeed, the plot, with its frequent twists and turns, is so convoluted that it often comes across as simply and utterly ridiculous. Author Kurt Eichenwald serves as a producer on the movie, so it’s fair to assume that he approved of the director’s strategy, tonal mode, and other (minor) changes from the printed version. Thus, the use of voiceover adds another resonant (and intermittently funny) layer to the already intriguing proceedings, with Whitacre’s inner monologues serving as sort of guidance on what happened beneath the surface. 

It’s to the filmmakers’ credit that they offer hypotheses but do not spell out definitive explanations or clear-cut psychological (and other) motivations for Whitacre’s bizarre, eccentric, and deviant behavior. We are led to believe that his conduct and feelings might have been a product of a conscience crisis, but they also could have been a result of something else, unbeknownst even to him.
Nonetheless, what matters is that Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower, exposing to the FBI a multi-national price-fixing scheme regarding the price of a new food additive called lysine. As we hear him say, “It’s all very scientific, but if you’re a stockholder, all that matters is that corn goes in one end and profit comes out the other.”

The absurdity of the situations is conveyed through a subjective, unreliable narrator, who is unable to distinguishing facts from fiction and myth from truth. Whitacre’s narration is not only unreliable, it’s also not always directly related to the action on screen. His voiceover takes the form of a wandering mind, a stream of consciousness of digressive thinking, in which his mind is suddenly triggered by arbitrary objects, such as ties, polar bears, or frequent miles programs.

Along with Soderbergh’s smart and astute direction, the film benefits from (actually rests entirely on the shoulders of) Damon’s natural charisma. A versatile actor, at home in every genre, he renders an effortlessly likable yet hard-to-believe performance. Damon is so well cast that it’s hard to imagine “The Informant” without him.

Cast
Mark Whitacre – Matt Damon
FBI Special Agent Brian ShepardScott Bakula
FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon – Joel McHale
Ginger Whitacre – Melanie Lynskey
Terry Wilson – Rick Overton
Mick Andreas – Tom Papa
Mark Cheviron – Tom Wilson
Aubrey Daniel – Clancy Brown
James Epstein – Tony Hale
Robin Mann – Ann Cusack
FBI Special Agent Dean Paisley – Allan Havey
Liz Taylor – Rusty Schwimmer
Credits
A Warner release presented in association with Participant Media and Groundswell Prods. of a Section Eight-Jaffe/Braunstein Enterprise production.
Produced by Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein, Kurt Eichenwald, Gregory Jacobs, Jennifer Fox. Executive producers, George Clooney, Jeff Skoll, Michael London.
Co-producer, Michael Polaire.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Screenplay, Scott Z. Burns, based on the book “The Informant (A True Story)” by Kurt Eichenwald
Camera, Peter Andrews.
Music, Marvin Hamlisch.
Production designer, Doug Meerdink.
Art directors, David E. Scott, William Hunter; set designers, Dawn Brown Manser, Jane Wuu; set decorator, Dan Clancy.
Costume designer, Shoshana Rubin.
Sound, Dennis Towns; supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer, Larry Blake.

Assistant director, Gregory Jacobs.

 

Casting, Carmen Cuba.
MPAA Rating: R.
Running time: 108 Minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

xosotin chelseathông tin chuyển nhượngcâu lạc bộ bóng đá arsenalbóng đá atalantabundesligacầu thủ haalandUEFAevertonxosokeonhacaiketquabongdalichthidau7m.newskqbdtysokeobongdabongdalufutebol ao vivofutemaxmulticanaisonbetbsport.fitonbet88.oooi9bet.bizhi88.ooookvip.atf8bet.atfb88.cashvn88.cashshbet.atbóng đá world cupbóng đá inter milantin juventusbenzemala ligaclb leicester cityMUman citymessi lionelsalahnapolineymarpsgronaldoserie atottenhamvalenciaAS ROMALeverkusenac milanmbappenapolinewcastleaston villaliverpoolfa cupreal madridpremier leagueAjaxbao bong da247EPLbarcelonabournemouthaff cupasean footballbên lề sân cỏbáo bóng đá mớibóng đá cúp thế giớitin bóng đá ViệtUEFAbáo bóng đá việt namHuyền thoại bóng đágiải ngoại hạng anhSeagametap chi bong da the gioitin bong da lutrận đấu hôm nayviệt nam bóng đátin nong bong daBóng đá nữthể thao 7m24h bóng đábóng đá hôm naythe thao ngoai hang anhtin nhanh bóng đáphòng thay đồ bóng đábóng đá phủikèo nhà cái onbetbóng đá lu 2thông tin phòng thay đồthe thao vuaapp đánh lô đềdudoanxosoxổ số giải đặc biệthôm nay xổ sốkèo đẹp hôm nayketquaxosokq xskqxsmnsoi cầu ba miềnsoi cau thong kesxkt hôm naythế giới xổ sốxổ số 24hxo.soxoso3mienxo so ba mienxoso dac bietxosodientoanxổ số dự đoánvé số chiều xổxoso ket quaxosokienthietxoso kq hôm nayxoso ktxổ số megaxổ số mới nhất hôm nayxoso truc tiepxoso ViệtSX3MIENxs dự đoánxs mien bac hom nayxs miên namxsmientrungxsmn thu 7con số may mắn hôm nayKQXS 3 miền Bắc Trung Nam Nhanhdự đoán xổ số 3 miềndò vé sốdu doan xo so hom nayket qua xo xoket qua xo so.vntrúng thưởng xo sokq xoso trực tiếpket qua xskqxs 247số miền nams0x0 mienbacxosobamien hôm naysố đẹp hôm naysố đẹp trực tuyếnnuôi số đẹpxo so hom quaxoso ketquaxstruc tiep hom nayxổ số kiến thiết trực tiếpxổ số kq hôm nayso xo kq trực tuyenkết quả xổ số miền bắc trực tiếpxo so miền namxổ số miền nam trực tiếptrực tiếp xổ số hôm nayket wa xsKQ XOSOxoso onlinexo so truc tiep hom nayxsttso mien bac trong ngàyKQXS3Msố so mien bacdu doan xo so onlinedu doan cau loxổ số kenokqxs vnKQXOSOKQXS hôm naytrực tiếp kết quả xổ số ba miềncap lo dep nhat hom naysoi cầu chuẩn hôm nayso ket qua xo soXem kết quả xổ số nhanh nhấtSX3MIENXSMB chủ nhậtKQXSMNkết quả mở giải trực tuyếnGiờ vàng chốt số OnlineĐánh Đề Con Gìdò số miền namdò vé số hôm nayso mo so debach thủ lô đẹp nhất hôm naycầu đề hôm naykết quả xổ số kiến thiết toàn quốccau dep 88xsmb rong bach kimket qua xs 2023dự đoán xổ số hàng ngàyBạch thủ đề miền BắcSoi Cầu MB thần tàisoi cau vip 247soi cầu tốtsoi cầu miễn phísoi cau mb vipxsmb hom nayxs vietlottxsmn hôm naycầu lô đẹpthống kê lô kép xổ số miền Bắcquay thử xsmnxổ số thần tàiQuay thử XSMTxổ số chiều nayxo so mien nam hom nayweb đánh lô đề trực tuyến uy tínKQXS hôm nayxsmb ngày hôm nayXSMT chủ nhậtxổ số Power 6/55KQXS A trúng roycao thủ chốt sốbảng xổ số đặc biệtsoi cầu 247 vipsoi cầu wap 666Soi cầu miễn phí 888 VIPSoi Cau Chuan MBđộc thủ desố miền bắcthần tài cho sốKết quả xổ số thần tàiXem trực tiếp xổ sốXIN SỐ THẦN TÀI THỔ ĐỊACầu lô số đẹplô đẹp vip 24hsoi cầu miễn phí 888xổ số kiến thiết chiều nayXSMN thứ 7 hàng tuầnKết quả Xổ số Hồ Chí Minhnhà cái xổ số Việt NamXổ Số Đại PhátXổ số mới nhất Hôm Nayso xo mb hom nayxxmb88quay thu mbXo so Minh ChinhXS Minh Ngọc trực tiếp hôm nayXSMN 88XSTDxs than taixổ số UY TIN NHẤTxs vietlott 88SOI CẦU SIÊU CHUẨNSoiCauVietlô đẹp hôm nay vipket qua so xo hom naykqxsmb 30 ngàydự đoán xổ số 3 miềnSoi cầu 3 càng chuẩn xácbạch thủ lônuoi lo chuanbắt lô chuẩn theo ngàykq xo-solô 3 càngnuôi lô đề siêu vipcầu Lô Xiên XSMBđề về bao nhiêuSoi cầu x3xổ số kiến thiết ngày hôm nayquay thử xsmttruc tiep kết quả sxmntrực tiếp miền bắckết quả xổ số chấm vnbảng xs đặc biệt năm 2023soi cau xsmbxổ số hà nội hôm naysxmtxsmt hôm nayxs truc tiep mbketqua xo so onlinekqxs onlinexo số hôm nayXS3MTin xs hôm nayxsmn thu2XSMN hom nayxổ số miền bắc trực tiếp hôm naySO XOxsmbsxmn hôm nay188betlink188 xo sosoi cầu vip 88lô tô việtsoi lô việtXS247xs ba miềnchốt lô đẹp nhất hôm naychốt số xsmbCHƠI LÔ TÔsoi cau mn hom naychốt lô chuẩndu doan sxmtdự đoán xổ số onlinerồng bạch kim chốt 3 càng miễn phí hôm naythống kê lô gan miền bắcdàn đề lôCầu Kèo Đặc Biệtchốt cầu may mắnkết quả xổ số miền bắc hômSoi cầu vàng 777thẻ bài onlinedu doan mn 888soi cầu miền nam vipsoi cầu mt vipdàn de hôm nay7 cao thủ chốt sốsoi cau mien phi 7777 cao thủ chốt số nức tiếng3 càng miền bắcrồng bạch kim 777dàn de bất bạion newsddxsmn188betw88w88789bettf88sin88suvipsunwintf88five8812betsv88vn88Top 10 nhà cái uy tínsky88iwinlucky88nhacaisin88oxbetm88vn88w88789betiwinf8betrio66rio66lucky88oxbetvn88188bet789betMay-88five88one88sin88bk88xbetoxbetMU88188BETSV88RIO66ONBET88188betM88M88SV88Jun-68Jun-88one88iwinv9betw388OXBETw388w388onbetonbetonbetonbet88onbet88onbet88onbet88onbetonbetonbetonbetqh88mu88Nhà cái uy tínpog79vp777vp777vipbetvipbetuk88uk88typhu88typhu88tk88tk88sm66sm66me88me888live8live8livesm66me88win798livesm66me88win79pog79pog79vp777vp777uk88uk88tk88tk88luck8luck8kingbet86kingbet86k188k188hr99hr99123b8xbetvnvipbetsv66zbettaisunwin-vntyphu88vn138vwinvwinvi68ee881xbetrio66zbetvn138i9betvipfi88clubcf68onbet88ee88typhu88onbetonbetkhuyenmai12bet-moblie12betmoblietaimienphi247vi68clupcf68clupvipbeti9betqh88onb123onbefsoi cầunổ hũbắn cáđá gàđá gàgame bàicasinosoi cầuxóc đĩagame bàigiải mã giấc mơbầu cuaslot gamecasinonổ hủdàn đềBắn cácasinodàn đềnổ hũtài xỉuslot gamecasinobắn cáđá gàgame bàithể thaogame bàisoi cầukqsssoi cầucờ tướngbắn cágame bàixóc đĩa开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育亚新体育亚新体育亚新体育爱游戏爱游戏爱游戏华体会华体会华体会IM体育IM体育沙巴体育沙巴体育PM体育PM体育AG尊龙AG尊龙AG尊龙AG百家乐AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人<AG真人<皇冠体育皇冠体育PG电子PG电子万博体育万博体育KOK体育KOK体育欧宝体育江南体育江南体育江南体育半岛体育半岛体育半岛体育凯发娱乐凯发娱乐杏彩体育杏彩体育杏彩体育FB体育PM真人PM真人<米乐娱乐米乐娱乐天博体育天博体育开元棋牌开元棋牌j9九游会j9九游会开云体育AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人爱游戏华体会华体会im体育kok体育开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育欧宝体育ob体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育开云体育开云体育棋牌棋牌沙巴体育买球平台新葡京娱乐开云体育mu88qh88