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Informant

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Jamie Meltzer

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About the Movie

Informant examines Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant who has been both vilified and deified, but never entirely understood. In 2005, Darby became an overnight activist hero when he traveled to Katrina-devastated New Orleans and braved toxic floodwaters to rescue a friend stranded in the Ninth Ward. Soon after, he became a founding member of Common Ground, a successful grassroots relief organization. After two young activists were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Darby shocked close friends and activists nationwide by revealing he had been instrumental in the indictment as an FBI informant. As the only film with access to Darby since his public confession, Informant meticulously constructs a portrait of his life — before and after the death threats — through interviews with Darby and tense reenactments starring the man himself. Darby’s version of events are accompanied and often contradicted by commentary from acquaintances and expert commentators on various points along the political spectrum.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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89%
  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: If his methods don't come off smoothly, Mr. Meltzer's conclusion does leave you feeling that even the whole story would be cold comfort for those involved. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Sep 12, 2013

Fresh: It's an absorbing puzzle with the potential to intrigue viewers all along the political spectrum. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Sep 3, 2013

Fresh: What emerges is a vague, often chilling impression of an unpredictable opportunist and provocateur who may not even be sure himself. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Sep 12, 2013

Fresh: Activist groups of all stripes will want to see it, but the force of Darby's personality -- a rich stew of righteousness, arrogance and self-delusion -- gives the doc a psychological appeal independent of politics. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 3, 2013

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