Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Informant

The Informant was released in Canada on September 11, 2009 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The star power is in the Director, Steven Soderbergh, and the lead role performed by Matt Damon.

The film is a cross between a white-collar crime drama and slapstick humor. The reason is that the would be whistleblower is as smart as a tractor. Matt Damon is the in-house spy for the FBI, trying to make a case for price fixing. But the FBI had not accounted for the fact that their spy was as crazy as a bag of hammers, and no information vault to boot. But what really spikes the humor in The Informant is Damon's narration.

This film will get some glances from the Academy, but it's not a shoe in. There are several categories worth consideration. The screenplay is great, based on having turned what should have been a drama into what can only be described as a situation comedy, and especially based on the content of the narration. Damon's acting was great in this, and we have come to expect that from him. I'm not sure it was good enough to be in this year's top five. I also felt the directing was sharp, but a nomination in this category is pretty much dependent on being nominated for Best Picture, and I don't think that will happen.

The Informant was quite good. I laughed out loud a dozen times. The irony factor is strong, and Damon is worth watching. Not a film you'll regret.

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