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The Informers
Good actors make the most of their underwritten parts.
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The Informers
Mickey Rourke Stars in "The Informers."
RATING:
 3/10
OTHER REVIEWS: None
Theatrical Review (by FilmCritic): The drug-addled zombies lurching through Gregor Jordan's The Informers are relics, dinosaurs from a decadent decade who belong in a museum, not a movie theater. Their destructively self-absorbed attitudes might have shocked audiences in 1983, the year the picture is set. Since then, however, we've spent too much time in the dead zones of Melrose Place, The O.C., and The Hills to be shaken by southern California's over-privileged fraternity.

Like a soap opera, Informers introduces multiple characters and touches on their issues. The nicest ones are stoners, voyeurs, and adulterers. On the flip side, we get kidnappers, drug dealers, and pedophiles.

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Good actors make the most of their underwritten parts here. Billy Bob Thornton is a desensitized Hollywood mogul torn between the ex-wife he never really loved (Kim Basinger) and the girlfriend he doesn't want to leave (Winona Ryder). Mickey Rourke and Brad Renfro (in his final film) tap dance through an intense subplot involving the kidnapped son of... well, I'm not exactly sure who. There's no real structure to Jordan's film, so stories haphazardly begin and disappear without ending. The strangest involves Chris Isaak and Lou Taylor Pucci as a dysfunctional father and son vacationing in Hawaii and competing for the same bar-hopping bimbos.

Jordan does at least adequately recreate the vibe of the superficial sex-and-drugs dramas that screened in the 1980s. Informers reaches beyond the Ray-Ban sunglasses and dated hairstyles to grasp the decade's me-first mentality and the escape-clause cocaine and alcohol that once provided spoiled brats a respite from their mundane existences.

In fact, Informers could be viewed as a companion piece to Marek Kanievska's Less Than Zero, a 1987 addiction drama also based on a Bret Easton Ellis novel. But Infomers is half the movie Zero is. And by my calculations, half of zero doesn't add up to much.

RELEASE DATE
April 24th, 2009 (limited)
August 25th, 2009 (DVD)


STUDIO
Senator Entertainment

DIRECTOR
Gregor Jordan

STARRING
Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder, Amber Heard, Rhys Ifans, Brad Renfro, Jon Foster

USER RATING
  8.4/10
Total: 11 vote(s).


GENRE
Drama, Suspense

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MPAA RATING
Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, drug use, pervasive language and some disturbing images.

RUNTIME
98 min

LANGUAGE
English

BUDGET
Unknown

OPENING WEEKEND
$300,000

TOTAL GROSS
EXTERNAL








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