DVD Review: The Informant

There is no way to get past how ridiculous Matt Damon looks in ‘The Informant.’ He’s gained weight, changed his hair, and fits the role of the awkward bi-polar whistleblower perfectly. I just wanted to get the obligatory “oh my god Matt Damon is so fat” out of the way. ‘The Informant!’ is a comedy directed by Steven Soderbergh based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald. A true story, ‘The Informant’ is the tale of Mark Whiticare (Matt Damon), a rising-exec at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), a company that makes additives for food and beverages.

Whiticare tells his bosses he received a call from a contact at one of their competitors, that ADM had a mole within their ranks that was sabotaging their lysine production. Lysine being the division that Whiticare is in charge of, which had been losing money for months. Whiticare’s boss decides the best course of action would be to install a wire-tap in Whiticare’s phone, just in case his contact called him again.

Under the insistence of his wife, Whiticare reveals to the FBI agent that ADM was routinely meeting with price competitors to fix the price of lysine. That is when things really start to fall apart, as Whiticare bumbles along, recording hundreds of hours of tape and video in an effort to implicate his bosses in the price-fixing scheme.

The film is being marketed a lot goofier then it actually is, though there is an overall comical tone, the subject is a bit serious. Whiticare is a complicated character, who isn’t exactly what he seems either. Damon embodies the role so well, and you spend half the film shaking your head at ever foolish decision Whiticare makes.

The music in the film is delightful, jazzy, and fits the dark yet light hearted tone of the film. The best part of the film is how well Soderbergh and his production designer make this feel like a period piece. The entire film takes place from the early 90s to just a few years ago. It is so convincing, from the computer systems, to the cars, and haircuts, top notch work. Think of the movie as the Insider meets Erin Brockovich, just way funnier.

Greengrass Says No To “Bourne” 4

Director Paul Greengrass, director of “The Bourne Supremacy,” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” says he won’t be directing the fourth Jason Bourne movie.  Here’s what Greengrass said about his decision not to do a fourth movie:

“You won’t find a more devoted supporter of the Bourne franchise than me… I’m very proud of those (Bourne) films and feel they express everything I most passionately believe about the possibility of making quality movies in the mainstream.  My decision to not return a third time as director is simply about feeling the call for a different challenge… Jason Bourne existed before me and will continue, and I hope to remain involved in some capacity as the series moves on.”

There is no word on who will helm a fourth film.  It’s also not known if the several script that have been in development for a fourth movie will be used or if another new script will be commissioned.

Paul Greengrass will most definitely be missed.  Whoever they choose to head Bourne 4, that person has some large shoes to fill.

Review: The Informant!

The Informant!There is no way to get past how ridiculous Matt Damon looks in ‘The Informant.’ He’s gained weight, changed his hair, and fits the role of the awkward bi-polar whistleblower perfectly. I just wanted to get the obligatory “oh my god Matt Damon is so fat” out of the way. ‘The Informant!’ is a comedy directed by Steven Soderbergh based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald. A true story, ‘The Informant’ is the tale of Mark Whiticare (Matt Damon), a rising-exec at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), a company that makes additives for food and beverages. [Read more…]

Eastwood to Tackle Supernatural Story

Clint Eastwood will tackle a supernatural story written by Peter Morgan and, reportedly starring Matt Damon.  Morgan wrote “The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon,” and has recently been announced as the writer of the next James Bond movie.

The plot of this new Eastwood/Damon movie, titled, “Hereafter,” is unknown.  Reportedly, it is a supernatural thriller in the vein of “The Sixth Sense.”  If these three names weren’t enough to excite you, Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall will produce.

Eastwood’s latest movie “Invictus,” starring Damon and Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela will be released this coming December.

New Scribe for Bourne 4

The fourth Bourne-film is being written by Josh Zetumer (‘Dune,’ ‘The Infiltrator’). Originally, the sequel was supposed to be written by Bourne Ultimatum writer George Nolfi, but he’s committed to adapting the Philip K. Dick short story ‘The Adjustment Bureau.’

Apparently, Zetumer has been comissioned to write a brand new script. Apparently, once its finished, it’ll be used, or integrated to the script that already exists (and written by Nolfi).

Universal is aiming for a 2011 release date for the fourth film. I’m a huge fan of the series and have been since the first. Though it was Paul Greengrass’ contributions in the last two that really made this a solid franchise.

Bourne IV Coming Summer 2011

Producer Frank Marshall has updated his Twitter page with a news that will be disappointing with fans of Jason Bourne.

Marshall posted that screenwriter Greg Nolfi’s script won’t be finished until June, which means production will be delayed a little.  Previously, it was believed that the movie was going to be hitting screens next summer.

Both star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass have agreed to return IF they like the new script.  This story is reportedly based on Robert Ludum’s novel “The Pacific Mosaic,” which doesn’t feature Jason Bourne.

Damon Signs On for Eastwood’s ‘Human Factor’

Matt Damon has signed on to star in “Human Factor,” a new film directed by Clint Eastwood at Warner Bros.

Damon will be playing rugby star Francois Pienaar, who with Nelson Mandela, created a rugby team that brought whites and blacks a common sense to rally around the healing country of South Africa.

The film also stars Morgan Freeman, and has Nelson Mandela’s blessing.Though I loved Mystic River, I wasn’t a huge fan of Million Dollar Baby and Flags of Our Fathers (Though I heard Letters from Iwo Jima was a far better film). This one sounds very interesting, and probably another nomination for ol’ Clint.

Soderbergh To Experience Girlfriend

Steven Soderbergh will be directing “The Girlfriend Experience,” a film about prostitution from the viewpoint of a $10,000-a night call girl. Rather then wealthy men paying just for a good sexual encounter, but for a call girl who would play the roll of a perfect girlfriend, going above and beyond a usual call girl situation.

The film is part of the six-picture day-and-date release pact made with Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s 2929 Entertainment. Following the same pattern as the previous Soderbergh day-and-date release, ‘Bubble’

The film was developed when Soderbergh was working with writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien on ‘Oceans 13.’

The question at hand is, will Soderbergh non-actors like with ‘Bubble,’ or consider real talent. The film will be shot over a period of 14 days following wrap of his new collab with Matt Damon, ‘The Informant.”

It’s projects like these that get me excited about film, out of the box ideas, not just for subject matter, but for for the distribution as well.

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Matt Damon in ‘Green Zone’

Matt Damon in ‘Green Zone’

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The Bad & Ugly scored some sweet shots of Matt Damon lookin’ badass on the set of his new collab. with Bourne director Paul Greengrass. Greengrass is one of the best action filmmakers out there now, specifically because of his gritty, realist style and execution.

Green Zone is the story of a pair of CIA agents on the trail of WMD’s and a foreign correspondent following their mission. The film is based on the book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran. It was adapted by one of my favorite screenwriters, Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential, Mystic River). The film is scheduled for a 2009 release.

Source: The Bad & Ugly