The Informant! (2009)
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With The Informant!, Stephen Soderbergh takes serious subject matter - price fixing and embezzlement schemes in the corn business in the early 90s - and treats it like a comedy. Matt Damon plays the bumbling FBI informant who digs a hole so big, the only way to go is down, and Soderbergh plays the action against bouncy music, and even CASTS for a comedy (the Smothers Brothers, Patton Oswalt, Tony Hale, Joel McHale, Scott Adsit, and plenty of stand-up comedians - even Scott Bakula is arguably a comedy actor). And one can see why the director would make such a choice. First, for variety. Informant stories are nothing new, but they're always played as biopic drama. Second, Mark Whitacre's story is an outlandish and ridiculous one. There's something absurd in the true facts of the case which makes it easy to play it for laughs. I certainly enjoyed it.
I suppose this film was trying to make the viewer feel as confused as the people who have to deal with the main character - in that respect, it succeeded. Great to see Matt Damon trying something different.
Matt Damon informs the FBI about his employer's fraud in Soderbergh's increasingly farcical (but true?!) film. 7/10.
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