2009: #10 The Informant

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Written by: Scott Z. Burns, based on the book The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald
Starring: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey, and Richard Steven Horvitz
Distributer: Warner Bros.
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 9/18/2009
Date seen: 10/10/2009
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $35 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 5 (Actor, Line, Adapted Screenplay, Poster, Underappreciated)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Actor)

[Ed. Note: original piece was lost, what follows was written retroactively in 2011] I can understand why The Informant never really got traction come award season, it is ultimately a rather light exercise and that makes it easy to under-appreciate.  By focusing in on the comic absurdities of the true story upon which it’s based, this Steven Soderbergh film was able to highlight the absurdities of corporate culture.  More importantly it paints a fascinating portrait of a strange strange man who is brilliantly portrayed by Matt Damon, who couldn’t be more different from Jason Bourne than he is here.

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