The Informant! is a tricky film to get a bead on. It's almost a lot a things, but not quite. It's an engaging and deft comedy that isn't terribly funny. It's got one of the best performances of the year, but not so you'd notice. It's serious and yet whimsical. It's a spoof, but based on a true story, etc., etc.
Matt Damon is the reason to watch this one. He disappears into a role that's one part Austin Powers, one part whistler blower and three parts One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. He's convinced by the FBI to wear a wire to expose price fixing in the food additives industry and suddenly sees himself as James Bond, calling himself 0014, since he's twice as smart. He's completely undependable as a mole, won't stop talking and appears to have embezzled an ever growing amount of money from his employers. A hard one to pin down but recommended if you're in the mood for something quirky and charming. I liked it way more than I expected to.
In an effort to break the recent cycle of being the only one around here to actually contribute and review films (only to get regularly reamed out for having and expressing an opinion), I've got nothing but nice things to say about The Informant!