Movie Review: The Informant!

The Informant! is a movie where my review is diametrically oppposed to that of Roger Ebert for the same movie. Generally I largely agree with Ebert, and that’s why I usually consult Ebert reviews before I go and pluck down more than $10 for a film.

Not this time. I thought it was outright boring, and as the second half slowly came troddling about I found myself going to the kitchen for snacks or to the bathroom without bothering to even pause the movie.

I didn’t care about the characters and the story was slow. Yes, it is based on the true story of Mark Whitacre, the highest-ranking executive in U.S. history to blow the whistle in a case of corporate fraud. Maybe real life is not sufficiently interesting, at least not in this case, for a movie.

Matt Damon played the role well, and that was probably the only reason why I stayed with it. The trailers I remember seeing when the movie was in the theaters were funnier and more poignant than the movie itself. Once I had seen the trailers, I really didn’t need the movie anymore.

So I recommend you skip this one. You know enough about it already.

Rating: *

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