the Informant – ‘unbelievable’

Caleb & I went to see the Informant:

2009-09 The Informant - Matt Damon

A movie, like life, is always about ‘expectations’. Caleb was studying at a coffee shop & he texted me last minute & said – ‘dad, lets go see a movie’ – so we did. I saw the trailer, and I admit that I am a huge Matt Damon fan (from the Bourne movies, to the Oceans 11 movies…) — he has great acting chops.

So my expectations with this movie were really high. Maybe because of that, I was left wanting more….
It was not a bad movie, just not a great movie I felt like.
There were a number of funny scenes mostly involving Damon talking to himself (portraying Mark Whitacre), but not enough to be a great movie.

Here is the blurb from Warner Brothers:
“What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre (Matt Damon) suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company’s multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent.
Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn’t been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. Whitacre’s ever-changing account frustrates the agents (Scott Bakula and Joel McHale) and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre’s active imagination.

Academy Award® winner Matt Damon (“Good Will Hunting,” the “Bourne” movies) stars in “The Informant!,” based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history. The film also stars Scott Bakula, Joel McHale and Melanie Lynskey.

“The Informant!” is directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”) from a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, based on the book The Informant (A True Story), written by Kurt Eichenwald. The film is produced by Gregory Jacobs, Jennifer Fox, Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein and Kurt Eichenwald. George Clooney, Jeff Skoll and Michael London served as executive producers, with Michael Polaire co-producing.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes production designer Doug Meerdink, editor Stephen Mirrione and costume designer Shoshana Rubin. The music is by multiple Oscar® winner and nominee Marvin Hamlisch (“The Sting,” “The Way We Were”).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Participant Media and Groundswell Productions, a Section Eight-Jaffe/Braunstein Enterprise, “The Informant!” –© Warner Bros”

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4 responses to “the Informant – ‘unbelievable’

  • Julia

    hehe! i clicked on your link on facebook and i was reading around on this blog and was like, cool format, ooh who is this guy? he seems really cool and missional! It’s your blog! yeah, i’m not too quick this morning. I haven’t seen this movie but my roomie is a big supporter of Joel McHale since he’s a YoungLife funder (she’s one of the directors)- I LOVE his new show COMMUNITY ahhhh. i seriously need to see Michelle’s art by the way. Like, seriously. Maybe I can write an article about her? =) laterrr

  • gregorylarson

    Julia – thanks for stopping by. His that new show ‘Community’ on already. I was going to watch it, but have not yet.
    yes, it would be great for you to see what Michelle does with her fabric & art…
    let me know when would work.
    peace – greg

  • Jon

    Hey Greg, you were probably left wanting more b/c they left the best part of the story out!
    http://www.worldmag.com/articles/15856

  • gregorylarson

    Jon — thanks for that link !
    I did not know all of those details. That is a great ‘rest of the story’…

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