Thursday, September 17, 2009

What We're Reading: The Informant

One day I was perusing the upcoming movies on IMDB, as I often do, and I noticed an interesting film based on a book: The Informant. Normally, I would place my interest in "true crime" at roughly 0% - however, I thought I should give it a chance before seeing the film. (Release date: 9/18/09 - starring Matt Damon and a crazy amount of fantastic comedians - Joel McHale, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, et al. It also features an exclamation point, making it The Informant!) I'm also partial to books about the food industry, so this true tale about price-fixing by ADM - the self-proclaimed "Supermarket to the World" - was certainly close enough.

First, a caveat - this book has more characters than a Robert Altman film. You know it's bad when the book offers a list of people and it spans five pages. It's also not a good idea to stop reading for a few days or you will likely get lost. That said, this is an amazing-but-true roller coaster ride, brought to life by the quirky, manic cooperating witness Mark Whitacre. It's positively jaw-dropping. Whitacre decides to help the FBI by providing physical evidence of price-fixing by his company and his international competitors. What the agents don't know is that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and what unfolds is beyond belief. What is truth? What is a lie? What is Whitacre hiding? All that and more...and more...and more. To give specifics would be to give too much away and lessen the impact of the surprises that await you. Check it out!

1 comment:

constant gina said...

Matt Damon is a genius playing this role...