Let me start by saying that I love indie movies. I mean, I really really love indie movies. However, there is a major difference between an indie movie and an indie-esque movie.
See, at some point in time, indie movies started to make a good deal of money. When that happened, everyone began to make indie-esque movies, following the same basic formula for an indie movie, but not being half as clever or artistic. The Informant falls into this category.
The storyline is simple enough: seemingly moral guy is working for a company dealing with corn and is upset about price fixing. Eventually, the FBI gets involved in said company and the moral guy tells the FBI everything he knows and becomes an informant (hey, that’s the name of the movie!) for them. Funny things happen, making this a movie that could have done well as a mainstream comedy.
However, instead of turning this movie into a mainstream comedy, they tried to make it indie, and it just didn’t work. It turned what could have been an entertaining comedy into an overly pretentious piece of crap. Maybe I’m being overly harsh, but in my opinion, The Informant is not worth the two hours, especially considering it moves slowly enough to feel like five…