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Jamie Meltzer

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About the Movie

Informant is a fascinating, gripping portrait of Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant, who has been alternately vilified and deified. In 2005, Darby became an overnight 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 co-founded Common Ground, a successful grassroots relief organization. But over the next few years, he began hiding a shocking secret. After two young protestors were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Darby revealed he had been instrumental in the indictment as an FBI informant. The only film with access to Darby since his public confession, Informant meticulously constructs a picture of his life — before and after the death threats — through interviews and tense reenactments starring Darby himself. Darby’s version of events is accompanied — and often contradicted — by evidence from acquaintances and expert commentators on various points along the political spectrum, posing complicated questions about trust and the nature of reality.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • 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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Customer Reviews

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This was covered extensively by Frontline several years ago. Why would a serious film interview a person like Breitbart?


the slightly interesting story of a sad guy who wants "to do the right thing" and sometimes does but whether because of ego or chasing someones approval mostly just can't do the right thing. REALLY! THE TEA PARTY! WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!


Ok movie. Showing how a self-deceving person with a serious lack of judgement can be influential in the political extremes of both sides in this country. Too bad the Tea party is so influential in the republican party and thereby playing a critical role in the nations ability to do nothing.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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