The first thing you notice about The Informant (I’m dropping the quirky exclamation mark from here on out) is Matt Damon’s oddball narration. You think he’s talking to us to set up the story, give us some sense of place, but no, he just wants to share random facts with us. This continues throughout the flick no less than 15 times, and I get it, I do- the filmmakers want to show us that this guy is somewhat of an egomaniac who likes to hear himself talk, but there are other funnier, less repetitive ways to accomplish this.
The second thing you notice is the insane musical score by legend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s about as subtle as a semi-truck pulling off a drive-by, and sounds like a Midwestern carnie band met up with Austin Powers (you’ll see). The whole thing is extremely distracting and removes all seriousness from the film, which would have been fine if all the characters weren’t so…well…serious-ish. I add the “ish” because nobody ever gets seriousness enough for there to be any sense of drama or intensity here, despite the near-certain loss of several billion dollars and potential massive jail terms at stake for all parties involved.
This is probably the way things actually play out in real life when a corporate scandal goes down. The labels of “villain” and “hero” aren’t so easily designated in the real world, and that’s certainly the case here- nowhere more apparent than with Damon’s crazy-ass character (based on real-life tattle tale Mark Whitacre). In fact, despite all it’s oddballness, The Informant has a surprisingly docu-style feel, and that’s where it lost my interest, since the advertising falsely promised a more kooky, riotous affair. Sadly, the funniest parts are all in the trailer, so without that laugh-out-loud comedic element and without any kind of tension or suspense, this film just wasn’t my cup of tea. Nevertheless, because Soderbergh is at the helm, you know this puppy is going to be technically sound, beautifully shot, and solidly acted by the unusual cast. So hey, there's that.
Deleted Scenes (6:25) - A half dozen quick scenes, two of which are pretty funny. If you’re itching for more Informant, here ya go.
The Blu-ray also comes with a Digital Copy.