Monday, September 28, 2009

The Informant! - Saturday, September 26 2009

The Informant! directed by Steven Soderberch, is based on the book by the same name, by Kurt Eichenwald. I don't want to spoil it by telling too much of the story, so briefly, it is the true story about an Ivy League Ph.D., Mark Whitacre, played by Matt Damon, who discloses to the FBI in 1992, the price-fixing tactics of Archer Daniel Midland (ADM), the company where he is a rising star. Suffering from bipolar disorder, he is convinced that he will be made head of the company when the other price-fixers are removed.

He works with FBI agent, Brian Shepard, played by Scott Bakula, to obtain evidence of what is going on in the company. In the process, it comes out that he has defrauded ADM of from $9 million to 11.5 million dollars.

This is an entertaining, well-written and funny film, that becomes more bizarre as it goes on. It cleverly illustrates what Mark Whitacre might have been feeling and thinking, as a result of his mental illness, and this lends a strangeness that leaves one wondering how much is true and how much a figment of Mark's highly vivid imagination. The acting, directing, cinematography, and everything else that goes into making a film, is absolutely first class, and I found it highly enjoyable and amusing.

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