Wednesday, February 1, 2012

11/50x2: The Informant!

Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) is up-and-comer at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), a company involved with an additive in livestock products called lysine.

Whitacre, who apparently suffers from a bipolar disorder, realizes that the company is fixing the price of lysine for their own benefit.

In order to bring down the company, including his boss Mick Andreas (Tom Papa) and to save his own ass, Whitacre agrees to work with FBI agents Brian Shepard (Scott Bakula) and Robert Herndon (Joel McHal) to become The Informant!

Over the years, Whitacre records hundreds of hours of video and audio to help bring down the company. But, he begins to crack and his stories begin to fall apart.

I honestly was not a huge fan of the movie. To have such great comedic actors in Papa, McHale and to a lesser extent Damon in one place and the movie was just not that funny. If you were going for a drama with a bit of comedy, then I don't think you need to hire comedic actors in those roles.

The only bright spot was Damon. He really shined in the role of an odd company man, with bipolar disorder, who is constantly freaking out - and excited to be working with the FBI.

Anyway, it was okay for one watch, but I highly doubt I will watch it again.


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