REVIEW: The Informant
SYNOPSIS: Mark Whitacre is secretly rolling tape during a meeting of corporate honchos who are illegally fixing the price of food additives. Meeting after meeting, Mark rolls tape after tape. Heís sure the tapes will make him a U.S. hero. What went wrong? Director Steven Soderbergh reteams with one of his Oceanís trilogy stars for a snappy skewering of big business based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history. Matt Damon portrays Whitacre, whip-smart and immensely likable even as his schemes become increasingly untethered. Pay attention to the fun and intrigue of The Informant! and be informed!
On February 23th The Informant
will also be available ON DEMAND through Digital
Cable, Satellite TV, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game
consoles and it can be downloaded for rental or purchase on iTunes and Amazon Video On Demand. The Killer Cut will be
available exclusively for purchase on iTunes, PlayStation 3
game consoles and Amazon.
REVIEW: Finally! The highly anticipated missing tale of ďdouble 0 14Ē, a.k.a. Mark Whitacre is here. He claims to be twice as smart as 007. Hmmm, not so sure about that but he does have a very strong talent that keeps the people around him as well as us, the viewers, dumbfounded. Steven Soderbergh is back directing another jewel and as usual his flare for the out-of-the-ordinary is prevalent. You will be confused and frustrated but you will also be amused and entertained. This movie is random, crazy, funny, and did I mention crazy. It does start out slow which is where most of the confusion comes about but then it starts to really pick up. Regardless, you will most probably reach a point where youíll have no idea who or what to believe and letís just leave it at that. I would say that the two strongest aspects of this film are the script and the acting. The script is intelligent and just complex enough to keep you on your toes as to whatís going on. The acting is excellent especially because we are dealing with humdrum characters that require good performances in order to keep you interested. Granted, the story and the scene-to-scene situations also do a good job of that and they also add plenty of humor. You wonít believe some of things that take place. Another interesting aspect of the movie is the music used throughout. It is corky and yet appropriate. Many times it also adds to the comedy of the moment. Mr. Soderberghís movies generally have carefully and appropriately selected music selections for its soundtrack and this one is close to the top of his movies in that regard.
Mark Whitacre is quite a character, really. It is extremely difficult to read this guy. You canít tell if heís coming or going, so to speak. Matt Damon does a fantastic job with this role. He is just a boring company executive in the heart of the 90s doing his job and maintaining his family. Before he knows it, he is in the thick of this entire story and his life is turned upside down. Speaking of the 90s, the time frame for the bulk of this story is early to mid 90s and maybe Iím in denial of all the time that has passed since then but it looks more like the 70s to me. I donít know, I think the 90s was like just the other day and this looks so old. Part of the randomness of this picture is in the form of thoughts narrated by Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) that seem completely irrelevant, or are they? They also overlap and drown out many scenes of the movie where you would rather hear whatís actually happening in front of your eyes than to hear him ramble about some meaningless trivialities. Random and bizarre I tell you. Itís kind of hard to describe but you will know what I mean when you see it and try not to get too distracted by it although at times they are pretty funny. Overall, this is not Soderberghís best work, but it is truly unbelievable.
Film Review By Cine Marcos
DVD: The Informant is
presented in a widescreen format preserving its theatrical
released format. The picture is complemented with a 5.1 Dolby
Digital audio in English, Spanish and Francais. The surprise in
this DVD version is the absents of extras. It only includes some
deleted scenes that don't add anything new to the main story.
Spanish and Francais 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English Spanish
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