Director: Steven Soderbergh,Scott Z. Burns (screenplay),Kurt Eichenwald (book)
Rated: R [See Full Rating] for language
Theatrical Release:Sep 18, 2009 Wide
Box Office: $10,545,000
Starring: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey, Tony Hale, Thomas F. Wilson
Adapted by Scott Z. Burns and based on Kurt Eichenwald's book "The Informant," Steven Soderbergh cranks out another film for Warners starring Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre, a dubious corporate exec turned whistleblower, apparently the highest level whistleblower in known U.S. corporate history.
As a biochemist brought into the business side of things at agricultural conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), he gets tied up in a mysterious extortion plot which leads the ADM higher ups to bring in the FBI. When that investigation is just about to run its course, Whitacre becomes an incredibly motivated yet reluctant whistleblower as he exposes to his assigned FBI agent, Brian Shepard, played by Scott Bakula, ADM's international price fixing scheme that literally affects almost every consumer of corn in the world.As the extortion case winds down, the price fixing case expands and Whitacre finds himself blowing it up bigger and bigger, all the while hiding his true and initial motivation for his actions, from the FBI, his ADM execs, his wife and himself.