Going into The Informant I wasn’t sure what to expect, all I really knew about this was that is was a film by David Soderbergh and it starred Matt Damon with an awesome mo. It starts off with Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), he tells us a bit about what he does and it isn’t before long it seems there is some illegal business going on. The F.B.I. get involved led by Agent Brian Shepard (Scott Bakula) and Mark finds himself unable to keep his mouth shut and becomes an informant against the price-fixing his business is apparently involved with. It would not be fair of me to divulge any more information as when I went into this I had no idea what it was about, I just gathered he must become some kind of informant.
This film has quite a lot to it, and it goes down paths you don’t expect and it has a few twists and turns, some I saw coming and some I didn’t. I was pleasantly surprised by this film and I wound up really enjoying it. Matt Damon is a great actor and he was so good as Mark, I enjoyed his work and his physical transformation was good too, he pulled it off really well. Melanie Lynskey who plays Mark’s wife Ginger was great, I just adore her and it was great to see her in a bigger role. She was charming and she had a really nice chemistry with Matt, it really worked. I loved Scott Bakula as Agent Shepard, I don’t know what it is about the man he always is enjoyable. I am used to seeing him on TV but he really worked here and he played off Matt really well. They were the ones who really stood out for me in this film, but all the other players were quite good and it all just meshed quite well.
The script was rather solid, and it had a nice flow to it which showed in the pacing of the film. It all just went through nicely, it wasn’t too long and I wasn’t bored at all. It kept my interest as things kept changing and got more interesting. This is based on a true story, and I am not sure what the entire truth is, I am sure they made changes to fit a film. It has a lot of themes presence but some how it manages to be enjoyable viewing. I mean you have corruption, conspiracy, betrayal, deception, shading dealings, you name it. Mark likes the works of John Grisham (Particularly The Firm) and it feels like this is the kind of life he wants to have and he makes it for himself. He is a strange character and his motivations are never quite clear but watching it I actually never wondered what they might be. He just does what he does, and he explains his flaws throughout the film and you can see he is a very mixed up person. It is an odd character study of this man, and a look into a world we do not often see put in film. It has this quirky charm to it, and I quite enjoyed this a lot.