Becky and I went and see the new Matt Damon movie The Informant at the AMC theaters in Highlands Ranch, CO on Friday night. The Fandango website at The Informant describes the movie as follows:
“The Informant is the tale of Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), an Ivy League Ph.D. who was a rising star at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in the early 1990s. The bipolar hero wound up blowing the whistle on the company’s price fixing tactics and became the highest-ranked executive to ever turn whistleblower in US history. Whitacre secretly gathered hundreds of hours of video and audio tapes over several years to present to the FBI which became one of the largest price fixing cases in history…”
The Informant has a great commercial with all these reviews saying how great the flick is and even the Previews looked really good, so we were excited about seeing this one. We expected plenty of laughs, but at times I was one of the few people laughing in a packed theater and that wasn’t very often.
The film is based on a true story, which made it somewhat interesting, but that couldn’t save this film. Nor could the fact that Matt Damon put on like 40 pounds to do the movie. His character was crazy or at least he sure came across as a nut and it was hard to follow as you tried to figure out what was the truth and what was a lie. The people next to us got up and left after telling each other that it was too boring.
The Informant had no action, no suspense and very few laughs. The laughs that it did have were statements from Matt’s character about flossing his teeth in the shower for better time management over his lifetime. The flick was just too strange and it’s definitely a rental at best.
John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Rental
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