Apple has put up the first trailer for the Steven Soderbergh directed, Matt Damon starring, comedy The Informant. Holy hell, this is a comedy?! Was I the only one that didn’t know? I thought this would be a thriller, starring an overweight Jason Bourne. Instead we have a James Bond parody, starring 0014, twice as good as 007.
Genius. As a dramatic thriller this would have covered well trodden ground, but as a comedy it’s in a fairly small group of serious laugh bringers, beside almost all of the Coen comedies and Dr. Strangelove. Matt Damon is in Ocean’s 11/12/13 mode, which makes it obvious that Soderbergh is a fan of comedy Matt.
The basis for the movie is Kurt Eichenwald’s 2000 book of the same name. It covers the adventures of Ivy League graduate Mark Whitacre (Damon), who blew the whistle on the Lysine price fixing scandal in the early 90s. This was an effort to raise the price of Lysine worldwide. It follows Whitacre as he and the FBI move around the world, blowing the roof off of shit — or simply attending meetings wearing a wire in an attempt to implicate people in the conspiracy, I couldn’t tell which.
Cleverly Whitacre decided to try and commit fraud to the tune of nine million dollars at the same time. You know, while working with the FBI. Probably not the best decision, in the end.
You can see just how Whitacre’s story turns out when The Informant hits theaters on 9th October.
What do you think? Do you like Damon bringing the funny?