Informant (2009) - Synopsis

What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre (Matt Damon) suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company’s multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent.

Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn’t been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. Whitacre’s ever-changing account frustrates the agents (Scott Bakula and Joel McHale) and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre’s rambling imagination.

Academy Award® winner Matt Damon (“Good Will Hunting,” the “Bourne” movies) stars in “The Informant!,” based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history. The film was directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic,” “Ocean’s Thirteen”) from a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, based on the book The Informant (A True Story), written by Kurt Eichenwald.

The film also stars Scott Bakula, Joel McHale and Melanie Lynskey. Gregory Jacobs, Jennifer Fox, Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein and Kurt Eichenwald produced the film. Soderbergh’s longtime filmmaking partner George Clooney (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”) served as executive producer alongside Jeff Skoll and Michael London, with Michael Polaire co-producing.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes production designer Doug Meerdink and editor Stephen Mirrione. The music is by Marvin Hamlisch. The film has been rated R by the MPAA for language. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, In Association with Participant Media and Groundswell Productions, a Section Eight-Jaffe/Braunstein Enterprise, “The Informant!”