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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Matt Damon
Melanie Lynskey
Thomas F Wilson
Directors
Steven Soderbergh
Screenwriters
Running Time
108 minutes

The Informant!
Matt Damon’s pants are on fire


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Plot
In the early ’90s, Mark Whitacre (Damon), a biochemist at an agrichemical firm, liaises with the FBI to root out a possible industrial spy — then reveals that his employers are involved in a price-fixing cartel. While gathering evidence, Mark gradually reveals his own embezzlement schemes.


Verdict
It sets out to be less pompous than similar films, which inevitably means it feels less substantial. While amusing rather than hilarious, it ought to establish Matt Damon as a star character actor.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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