07.01.09 9 years ago 46 Comments

The Informant is director Steven Soderbergh’s return to plot-driven comedy after a few years of smaller films like Che and The Girlfriend Experience.  I generally enjoy Soderbergh movies (Out of Sight is an underappreciated classic and I even liked Solaris), and I’d probably see this one based on the Matt Damon wallpaper alone (see above).

‘The Informant’ is about Ivy League Ph.D. Mark Whitacre (Damon), a rising star at Decatur, Illinois-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in the early 1990s who wound up blowing the whistle on the company’s price-fixing tactics. [WAMG]

Apparently the case had to do with Lysine price fixing and a class-action suit about high-fructose corn syrup.  This is neither here nor there, but I think if you were were trying to tough-talk some bigwigs in the corn industry, saying “Oh yeah?  Well I pick pieces of guys like you out of my stool,” would be a really apt insult. Haha, good one, Jay.

I also wouldn’t mind seeing Matt Damon’s character in the Informant play an intense game of beach volleyball against Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading.

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