THE INFORMANT

By Steven SODERBERGH

WARNER BROS. CANADA

Comedy - Completed 2009


    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 108 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Steven SODERBERGH
    • Producer(s)
    • Gregory JACOBS, Jennifer FOX, Michael JAFFE
    • Synopsis
    • Structured as a whistleblower drama but styled as something much more playful, this is Soderbergh at his most engaging. In a story based on Kurt Eichenwald's non-fiction book, Matt Damon stars as Mark Whitacre, an Ivy League Ph.D. holder now working as an executive at agricultural corporate giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). Their unofficial motto: “Corn goes in one end and profit comes out the other.”
      When the U.S. government begins to suspect ADM of price-fixing, it recruits Whitacre to spy on his own company. Fitted with an FBI wire, he sits in on meetings with ADM's Japanese competitors, gathering evidence to bring his employer down. But Whitacre is no Erin Brockovich. As he is squeezed by both the FBI's lead agent (Scott Bakula) and his own bosses at ADM, his motives become more and more suspect and his behaviour stranger and stranger.
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