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The Informant! (2009)

Written By Unknown on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 10:51 PM

Genre: Drama/Biography/Crime

Starring: Matt Damon, Tom Papa, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey

ADM, a well-known American company in the corn processing business faces a huge crisis when one of their top executives, Mark Whitacre (Damon) starts revealing company secrets to the FBI. He reveals that ADM has regularly participated in price-fixing scandals with their competitors from throughout the world and agrees to work with them as an informant. He starts working closely with FBI Agent Brian Shephard (Bakula) and FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon (McHale) and over the course of two and a half years he secretly video tapes meetings where price-fixing occurs. The FBI start facing problems when they slowly realise that Mark cannot be completely relied upon because he only speaks half the truth and has consistently lied about a lot of things in the past. He keeps going against the FBI's instructions and ends up creating one huge disaster after another. Slowly and steadily the issue becomes a national scandal and the FBI find themselves in one big mess. The movie is based on a true-life story and is set in the early 1990's. Although the movie builds upon an interesting plot, it does not come out in a manner it should have. Mark Whitacre's bi-polar personality is not properly shown and only an intelligent observation in the movie would make you realise what they are trying to get at. The plot becomes repetitive along the half-way mark and improves, but only slightly, towards the end. Performances were good and nothing exceptional and Matt Damon could have been put to better use. Coming from the makers of the Oceans series of movies, I expected more, much more.

Thumbs up: Great storyline
Thumbs down: Doesn't bring out the final verdict too well

Rating: 7.0/10
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