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Mark Whitacre turns into a whistleblower to expose his company. He envisions himself as a hero but he must get evidence for the FBI. Because of his ever-changing account, he frustrates the agents and threaten the case against the agri-industry giant.
Comedy - This is a dry, quirky dark comedy for adults based on a true story.
Those looking for broader, more conventional humor may be
disappointed by this talky film. This is basically a one-man show
for Matt Damon.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent 'The Informant!' is fascinating in the way it reveals two levels of events, not always visible to each other or to the audience.
USA TodayFull Review Good Soderbergh takes a deadly serious news story and amplifies and colors it to the point of outrageousness. The results aren't always consistent, but they are undeniably compelling.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 106 moviegoers:
TEENS: About a third loved it. Another third rated it above average, which is very good. Half of the remaining third rated it average, which is decent. The remaining reviews are below average. Overall, these are decent reviews but certainly not great. Three-quarters of you will likely enjoy it, at least to some degree.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: About half the males enjoyed "The Informant" very much. The remaining half rated it "Good/Average," which is decent but on the low side. The few female reviews are mediocre at best. A couple rated it above average and a couple rated it average.
ADULTS: Both the male and female reviews are very mixed. Some loved it and some hated it. Many thought it was boring and some walked out.
What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent. Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn't been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. Whitacre's ever-changing account frustrates the agents and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre's rambling imagination. Based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history.