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Matt Damon goes from irresistible hunk to pudgy office man to play a far from glamorous corporate whistle-blower in one of the most well written comedies of 2009, “The Informant!”
Damon reportedly gained 30 pounds to reunite with his “Ocean’s 11” director Steven Soderbergh to deliver one of the best performances of his career.
Based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history, Damon plays wacky semi-bigwig executive Mark Whitacre.
Whitacre was a vice president at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland who exposed his company’s multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI in 1995 in hopes of becoming a hero and getting a promotion.
But as in most cases like these the FBI must have evidence and Whitacre agrees.
Equipped with a wire and hidden tape recorder within his briefcase, Whitacre takes on the life of a secret agent.
Far from 007, Whitacre stumbles and fumbles through secret meetings and cases doing everything imaginable wrong yet no corporate executive catches on to his charade.
Voice-over narration allows us insight into just how unstable Whitacres mind really is, thinking that after he turned in his bosses he would be given the reins of the company.
Throughout the film you will be laughing hysterically as Whitacre “tests” his hidden microphones and secret gadgets while shooting one-liners like James Bond.
The more freedom the FBI gives Whitacre on this investigation the more he dances to the beat of his own drum.
Although Whitacres life exhausts the audience with white lies and half-truths Damon’s character is well worth following on his bizarre journey.
Do not risk a quick trip to the bathroom or for popcorn because you will come back a bit confused and unable to follow this every changing storyline.
Go into the theater with an open mind and be ready to pay close attention to the film because if you take your eyes off the screen to day dream you will quickly find you are lost in sarcasm and humor.
It would be hard to believe any of the events within the film held any reality if it were not for the fact that the film was based on the true events of Kurt Eichenwald’s bestseller.
“The Informant!” may not be what you are expecting but the surprise is one of the reasons the film stand out and works on various levels.
Do not take the film all too seriously but instead fall into Damon’s hilariously eccentric character.
Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!” is a weird and engaging movie that will keep you coming back for more.
If you are looking for a good laugh then see “The Informant!”
You will be pleasantly surprised.
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