Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Starring: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula and Joel McHale

Story: What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre 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 and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre's active Imagination (Warner Bros)

Rated: R

Bottom Line: Matt Damon delivers one of his best roles in this quick-witted, off-beat and clever film that, in cinematic terms, feels like the goofy, helmet-wearing, too-much-sugar-eating, half-brother of (director Steven Soderbergh’s more serious effort) ERIN BROKOVICH.

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