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The Informant! by Nolan Wilson Goff
September 25, 2009, 12:49 am
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Based on the true story of corporate whistle blower Mark Whitacre, The Informant! succeeds as one of director Stephen Soderbergh’s best. Check out the trailer below, and full review beyond that.

Most people would recognize Quentin Tarantino as being responsible for the massive growth of independent cinema in the 1990s.  What many don’t know is that Stephen Soderbergh was right alongside him. Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape took home the Audience Award at Sundance in 1989. Recently known for his Ocean’s trilogy, and the subpar The Girlfriend Experience, Soderbergh is finally back on top of his game, this time in a dark comedy starring Matt Damon.

Damon’s performance is without a doubt the best of his career, thanks to the witty dialogue provided by the screenplay.  The film is structured as if it were a constant train of thought straight from the mind of Whitacre, with narration constantly interrupting various facets on the storyline. Truly hilarious. Damon captures this role and never lets it go, as the character becomes a pathological liar. His performance is absolutely worthy of an Oscar nomination.

Soderbergh’s choice to use the RED One camera, fit the story perfectly, and displayed the 1990s with overexposed light and an orange hue. Peter Andrews (aka Soderbergh himself) is one of the premier digital cinematographers of today. Michael Mann, take note.

The only flaw of The Informant! is the pacing in the first act. To be honest, I could have done without the first 30 minutes of the film.  If you make it through, your in for an entertaining ride as Damon and Soderbergh create instant chemistry.

(3 out of 4 stars)


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