The Informers (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama
Sony || R - 98 minutes - $34.95 || August 25, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-09-07


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Gregor Jordan
Writer(s): Bret Easton Ellis (novel); Bret Easton Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki (screenplay)
Cast: Billy Bob Thorton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder, Amber Heard


Theatrical Release Date: January 22, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, English

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.::THE FILM::.

Billy Bob Thorton. Mickey Rourke. Winona Ryder. Amber Heard. Chris Isaak. An all-star lineup surely must mean that The Informers is a top-notch film right? Sorry to disappoint, but this one is definitely going to be nominated for something. Itís currently in the running for one of the worst films on 2009. The best news? Weíre not even halfway through the year yet and itís already leading the roster that Iíve built up so far of the worst flicks of 2009! Woo!

There are multiple storylines, I think anyways, going on here. Iíve watched the film twice (once without commentary, once with) and I still have no idea what in the heck was going on here for the most part, so Iím going to try and explain it the best I can. Oh, and for anyone thinking of renting this one for a family night get together, avoid. There is a ton of nudity almost every five minutes in this flick. Of course, now that I said that, Iím sure rentals will go up... weird people.

So basically with all the stories happening itís kind of confusing, so Iím just going to talk about a few things going on. William (Billy Bob Thorton) is secretly in love with someone else besides his wife, but his wife knows after a dinner conversation goes awry. He really does love his wife, but is upset she wonít go to some dumb dinner party in a few weeks with him so he cheats on her with another woman. Yeah, it doesnít make much sense to me either, but just play along.

Peter (Mickey Rourke) is some sort of hitman or someone who takes care of ďthatĒ kind of business, and is continually stalking one of the guys from a band that is about to make it big. I think anyways, itís never really made clear what or who exactly he is. Thereís also Christie (Amber Heard) whoís sleeping with one of the members of the band who I think catches an STD from him and her health progresses towards the bad end the entire film. Thereís also another storyline (yeah, I know) that deals with Les Price (Chris Isaak) and his son Tim (Lou Taylor Pucci). Les tries to get his son to sleep with hookers and strippers the entire movie, until Tim gets fed up with it and tells him off.

This was one of the most confusing films Iíve ever seen, and Iíve been forced to watch foreign films dubbed in crappy English, and some that werenít ironically enough. The acting is really horrible, as Rourke/Thorton/Ryder/Basinger are barely in the film, and when they are, they only have a few lines and donít contribute much to the movie at all. Isaak is incredibly miscast as the disturbed father who tries to get his son to sleep with prostitutes and other females, as he has that ďgood guyĒ image that hasnít failed him his entire career.

The movie is also set in the 80ís when grunge music is popular I guess, or whatever music was popular back then. The lead singer catches an STD from one girl heís sleeping with and passes it on to another, etc, but his brother sleeps with the same girl and then spreads it, but they go and shoot music videos and other things happen that donít make sense. Then someone gets kidnapped, and then someone else gets angry, blah blah blah. Iím bored just typing about it. The only reason this one isnít a complete flopped is, well, because it could have been better if I knew what the heck was going on.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Gregor Jordan, Jon Foster, and Lou Pucci: On the back it says ďdirector and cast commentary,Ē what it fails to mention is that the ďcastĒ who join on this commentary are the ones with few lines and are pretty boring the entire track. Itís a fairly boring track, so unless you are someone who listens to every possible commentary then I recommend skipping this one.

Making of The Informers (15 minutes): The only other extra we get is a lame ďmaking ofĒ feature that is boring and derivative. Iíd also recommend passing on this and taking it back to the place you rented it from.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Colors are bright and vivid, but detail isnít the best. A ton of scenes I noticed lacked definition, and a few suffered from noise and contrast issues that plagued too much of it to make it a great looking picture. The color scale was also too bright for my tastes, as the few beach scenes as well as the inside bedroom scenes just didnít appeal to me, and I thought the picture fell flat compared to other recent releases Iíve seen. Then again, this is a straight-to-DVD release, so I didnít go in expecting much and came out with pretty much that expectation.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is disappointing, as audio is low throughout the entire runtime. There are literally no action sequences what so ever, so thereís no real reason to be cranking this one up to showcase to your buddies down the street. Dialogue is low, and surround use is rarely used if at all, but it was used somewhat during the music scenes but thereís only a few of those. Even though I struggled to hear the audio, when I did it did sound clear and concise, but when you canít hear it then the two donít really go hand in hand do they?



.::OVERALL::.

The Informers, despite having a top-notch cast, fails to use them properly and just throws in nudity every few minutes to keep your interest. That being said, it didnít even captivate mine after about ten minutes. The technical package is weak for a Blu-Ray and the extras are basically non-existent. This is one to be informative about and avoid.