September 29, 2009
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Matt Damon once again shows he’s more than just a one note actor. The Informant is an awkward comedy gem. It isn’t a movie exactly, but more of an experience. Few movies (especially those outside of action/adventure) truly have a palpable environment. It takes place in the nineties, following a scientist who works for a well-established corn company. He hears about a mole leaking information of their processes to a competitor and then the ball starts rolling. The F.B.I. brings him in to assist on mounting a “price-fixing” case. Scott Bakula makes his biggest role to date as the agent assigned to aid Damon’s character.
This clearly could have been painted as a drama and probably would have worked. The uniqueness is in how Damon and director Steven Soderbergh transform the script into a dry comedy. The humor sneaks up on you, something few comedies today dare due. One line in particular let me know early on this was not to be taken seriously. If you enjoy a dry comedy with a great cast (filled with comedians in straight roles), experience The Informant. 3 out of 5 stars.