I'm not a fan of the real world. Many words that are mentioned among businessmen are foreign to me and make me cringe. Words like "mortgage". I don't know why, but I get this impression that talking about mortgages means you've sold your life to living behind a desk and you're just waiting to die at that point. This goes along with the fact that I think ties are unnecessary unless you want to trick your enemies into wearing nooses around their necks so you can kill them when they get on your nerves, but I'm starting to get off track. The point is, I am scared of putting on that suit, unless that suit includes a license to kill, and "The Informant!" does not give me comfort as I get ready to start paying for rent and college. It reveals a scary world in which the simplest things can blow up into something beyond your imagination, and for once I can say this movie teaches real lessons. It's a true story.
Well, based. I'm sure if I read the book that the movie was based off of, I might have a better idea of what's going on, but I didn't because, you know, the vocabulary. "The Informant!" tells the story of a man named Mark Whitacre (played very well by Matt Damon) who was a little unlucky during his early years, but now works a job in which he makes a good salary to pay for his family, of which he has two adopted children. They spend the first bit of the movie setting up his back story, and during this setup he shares his thoughts about random things. Almost like Seinfeld or Clerks in a way. Polar Bears look into water to find fish, and to help hide from the fish, they put a paw over their nose to blend in with the ice behind them. How would a polar bear figure something out like that? It's a lot of thinking for a bear. Sure, there could be answers, but that's not the point of this feature of the movie. Whitacre lets you in on what he thinks about every day throughout the entire movie, whether it pertains to the story or not, and you may (as I did) start to connect with him. You're with him through his adventure. Wait, what adventure? What could a man behind a desk do to make his life stressful and crazy?
That was what drove the entire movie. Please pay attention to my example: I went into this movie thinking I was going to see a comedy, and to a point, it is. This laughter, however, came with many twists throughout the story. Yeah, it's a thriller. One of the most realistic thrillers I've ever seen. It didn't help that the movie as a whole caught me off guard, and now I had to keep track of small, but crucial changes that appeared throughout the story. Whitacre's wife knows something bad about his company, so she wants to tell the FBI, who's now tapping Whitacre's home phone because his company, AGM, thinks these Japanese businessmen, who talk to Whitacre more than any other AGM employee, are sabotaging AGM. See, I might've confused you already, and I didn't even get to the first big twist, and that's not even 20 minutes into the movie. This isn't the movie's fault, but it creates these series of unfortunate events, and you're brought along for the ride, sitting by Whitacre's side.
Or are you? As you go along throughout the plot, you're forced to ask yourself questions, such as whether Whitacre is an idiot or a naturally talented and clever spy? These two people are few and far between, but Matt Damon does a great job playing his character, and thus creates this confusing mix. This actually makes the movie more fun and exciting, and Damon forces you to keep your eyes on the screen, watching Whitacre go from smooth to clumsy, and somehow getting out of it every time. I eventually just decided that he was clever, but did things unconventionally, almost like how the A-Team
is, and that's when the Q-and-A session with "The Informant!" has to get more general: Who is Mark Whitacre? By the end, you're exhausted and frustrated and just want the whole thing to end, but in a good way. Kind of sounds like reality, doesn't it?
"The Informant!" does this cleverly, and you're switching sides throughout most of the movies until you finally figure him out near the end. He continues to let you know how he feels, even during the times when you're questioning who that man really is. At the end, the movie reminds the viewer that what was just played was based on a true story, and the best response that I could give was one big exhale. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but it took me through the stressful life that is, well, life, that I know I will have to deal with myself someday. It was full of fun, excitement, but came with its downs, as everything does. It's just one big ride that, thank god, I will never have to experience.