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How surprised we were! How could it be possible to translate an almost 700 page detailed book to the screen? Somehow, they did it and with great aplomb. Were this story fiction, no one would ever believe it. Stunning as the events are, the movie managed to weave the story into the almost unbelievable romp in many ways that it was. The music score was absolutely perfect and the actors fantastic. It was possible to identify each and every individual in the movie with those in the book. Were it not for the head shaking unreality of it all, it is really a sad story, of mental illness, greed, and criminal behavior. Unbelievable!
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017
The movie was up to Fine, B Movie standards, IMO. Matt Damon's acting and the others too, were well done. I would have liked this movie to be a documentary for Archer Daniels Midland Co.s executive's illegal activities. I wonder if Damon's character was really as goofy as this movie depicts him? I wanted to see this movie because my nephew works for ADM. Otherwise, Amazon got the movie to me in 2 days as promised and the DVD was in new condition.
A very underrated and under-appreciated movie. Without divulging too much of the plot, let's say Matt Damon plays a desparate character who compensates for his inferiority complex by over-doing his manipulation of others. Truth constantly shifts throughout the movie, and we are left with a very vulnerable person who wants to be, well...wanted. Well done as a pseudo-farce, complete with a score by Marvin Hamlish. Deserves to be watched at least twice.
Hilarious!! I don't often laugh out loud when watching movies..but this was just great..The character was fantastically written and acted. Been using all his lines at work and with my wife since then..haha. Good Job Matt!
Reading the opinions posted on this site it appears that a lot of viewers came to this film with the expectation of big laughs throughout and, when the film didn't delivered them, walked off in a huff moaning about the film failing to deliver. In fairness to them I suspect that their complaints may be valid based on trailers and marketing suggesting this would be the case – the exclamation point in the title probably didn't help either. So I'm glad then that I came to the film without a great deal of knowledge about what the film was trying to be other than it was a slightly comic version of a true case from the 1990's.
I am glad because this is what the film is – a comic take on a real situation where the decision to do so as a light comedy appears to have paid off. With Mark Whitacre as the main character, we follow him into the case and we immediately start to get the impression that this guy really doesn't have his head in the real world – like he doesn't understand the consequences of anything he says and does, which perhaps accounts for his rather cheerful outlook and easy personality. This is true but the full extent of his actions are unveiled nicely across the whole film – leaving me at times a little like the FBI lawyer during the presentation from ADM's attorney, mouth open not quite believing it.
It is not a hilarious movie by any means but the comic air makes it easy to enjoy and the story is engaging and entertaining. Soderbergh does slightly overdo the "wacky" feel to and he probably didn't need to have as many recognisable faces from comedy in small roles, but he does make it work. A big part of this reason is Matt Damon – showing that while he may be a Hollywood action star now, he is very capable as a character actor to. He does channel William H Macy from Fargo a little bit in how he will try and make pathetic lies to get himself out of trouble but I see this as a compliment because Macy is very good at that sort of character performance. Damon nails the cheerful self-delusion and his narration keeps us "on side" with him, making the comic tone work. The support cast is perhaps a bit too full of well-known faces but everyone is good, working again with the approach.
Overall The Informant! appears to be disliked mainly by those who expected something that marketing led them to believe this was. Coming to it on its own terms however this is an engaging story told with a comic air that works and makes the film as entertaining as it is interesting. Not hilarious and one could question if it is fair to handle Whitacre's story in a light manner, but it does work and I enjoyed it for what it was.
Man muss den Humor und die Erzählart mögen. Mich hat der subtile, teils groteske Witz und die Situationskomik des Films gut unterhalten. Matt Damon spielt die Rolle des Biochemikers Mark Whitacre ausgezeichnet. Es gelingt ihm die meist absurden Gedankengänge des Protagonisten aus dessen Sicht darzustellen und für den Zuschauer plausibel wirken zu lassen. Auch positiv war es aus meiner Sicht manche Fragen und Beurteilungen offen zu lassen. So wird zum Beispiel Mark Whitacre weder gänzlich als Wirtschaftskrimineller, noch als Opfer seiner Erkrankung dargestellt.
Ich kannte Mark persönlich und hab das Buch von Kurt Eichenwald mit dem gleichen Titel selbstverständlich auch gelesen. Der Film ist eine wirklich gelungene Adaption. Es ist vielleicht nicht immer einfach, die Aktionen des Hauptdarstellers zu verstehen und die Zuordnung 'bipolare Störung' ist möglicherweise eine zu simple Verkürzung des Verhaltens. Was Menschen veranstalten und wie sie sich in einer Atmosphäre des Schummeln und Gegenschummelns bewegen ist eben nicht 'logisch'. Insgesamt ist der Film ein tolles Lehrstück über Kapitalismus, Grössenwahn und amerikanische Lebensart.
5.0 out of 5 stars5 Sterne für einen außergewöhnlichen Film
Reviewed in Germany on December 18, 2013
Subtiler Homor, gute schauspielerische Leistungen, ein gutes Drehbuch und eine interessante Story machen diesen Film absolut sehenswert. In der heutigen Zeit, in der die Unterhaltungskultur meist so ausgelegt ist, dass man sich einfach nur berieseln lassen muss, ist es schön zu sehen, dass es auch anders geht. Ein anspruchsvoller Film mit einem ganz eigenwilligen Charme. Ein Film, der keineswegs Mainstream ist und sich dadruch von den vielen anderen zahllosen Filmproduktionen abhebt.