Matt Damon is almost unrecognizable in Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant! (available on DVD 2/23). The fighting-machine form we’ve known from the Bourne movies has thickened considerably (he reportedly gained 30 pounds for the role) but his acting chops are still readily evident as he makes this dark comedy one worth watching.
Damon plays real-life Midwestern corporate whistle-blower Mark Whitacre, based on Kurt Eichenwald’s book by the same name. But the film is less interested in the particulars of the price-fixing conspiracy Whitacre helps to uncover, and more so in the spectacular meltdown of Whitacre (who it turns out is somewhat less than stable) himself. Soderbergh keeps you guessing right up till the end, and the movie is helped along with fine supporting performances by Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, and Melanie Lynskey. Who knew corn, corporate conspiracy and the FBI could be so funny?
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