By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Warner Bros. Pictures
Early reviews have arrived for The Informant and it's hard to tell what to think. They are positive, I guess, but the general consensus is that the film is not laugh out loud funny, but rather eccentric and amusing. This shouldn't be an issue, however, just as long as your a big fan of Matt Damon.
The Informant! Reviewed
As suggested by the trailer, The Informant rests on Matt Damon's pudged-out shoulders. And, if you are a fan of the actor, you should have no problem falling in line when the film opens just over a week from now.
The wacky little brother of "Erin Brockovich," "The Informant!" goofs around lightheartedly while still doing some justice to the true-life story of a zealous but wildly delusional corporate whistle-blower. A larky outing for director Steven Soderbergh after the somber rigors of "Che" and "The Girlfriend Experience," the pic showcases an excellent performance by a chubbed-out Matt Damon as a Midwestern executive who's so smart he's dumb. Amusingly eccentric rather than outright funny, this Warner Bros. release will have to rely mostly on Damon for its B.O., which looks to be modest.
Without that punctuation, this tale of corporate skullduggery, embezzlement, wiretaps, a whistle-blower and mental illness would be either a sweaty-palm thriller or a gritty character study about matters of conscience in corporate America. But that exclamation point changes everything. It's a comedy! And Matt Damon is playing a Tom Ripley without any smarts -- or at least without any instinct for self-preservation.
Perhaps the only way to tell the bizarre yet (mostly) true account of Mark Whitacre is as a comedy. It's somewhat akin to Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can," about a fabulous con artist who fakes out so many people that even he can't sort out truth from fiction. This is tricky stuff: a comedy about things that aren't really funny.
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The Informant opens to theaters on September 18th.