Damon Saves the Informant! Downfall
Tuesday, September 22, 20090 Comments
Matt Damon gained thirty pounds and grew a hideous mustache for his role in The Informant!, forcing the audience's attention ba
So many mediocre movies out there would fail miserably if not for the presence of a big star to boost attendance. Unfortunately, this strategy applies to The Informant! starring Matt Damon, who is the film's chief protagonist as well as its sole redemption.
This based-on-a-true-story comedy about Mark Whitacre, a shady vice president at an agri-business giant who partners with the FBI to bring down his employer for price fixing, had tons of good source material to work with. In the theatre where I saw the movie the atmosphere was one of optimism as the crowd reminisced about Damon's previous hit roles, including his lead in the Bourne and Ocean's trilogies. All the dominoes were set up to knock the audience away, but it was obvious the producers and writers got too keen as the movie blew up in everyone’s face.
The music consisted of obnoxious kazoo, fiddle and organ solos, the jokes were in your face and the plot twisted more than a dying snake caught in a trap. The only thing missing was a laugh track. Without any significant side stories, audiences will get no relief from this derailed train wreck called a movie.
Despite its annoying parts, the Informant! had some redeeming qualities. If you enjoy endless false starts, the movie's winding plotline can be appealing. The production work was also interesting at times, using camerawork rendered in a soft glow reminiscent of old VHS tapes.
But for outright redemption, Damon himself pulls this movie out of the fire. He gained thirty pounds and grew a hideous mustache for the role of Whitacre, shedding his pretty boy looks and forcing the audience's attention back onto his commendable performance. Considering what he had to work with, Damon has proven himself to be a remarkable actor, playing an insanely random character who spends his life in a moral gray area. He even manages to coax some laughs out of the audience.
The Verdict? Watching The Informant! on a big screen is neither pleasing on the eyes nor the wallet. If you're a Matt Damon fan, I suggest waiting for this one to come out on DVD.