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A week in Los Angeles in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 105
- Fresh: 14
- Rotten: 91
- Average Rating: 3.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The performances run the gamut from twitchy to catatonic, and the stoned stiffness of the actors seems to have less to do with the affectlessness of the characters than with their own confusion.
Rotten: It's by far the most slack, ho-hum movie ever made from Ellis' material.
Rotten: This one's a certifiable soul-sucker, dining out on its characters' venalities while wagging a finger at the horror, the horror.
Rotten: Gregor Jordan's pointless adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis book is successful only in the sense that it accurately mimics the emptiness of its subject.
Social commentary in motion
This is a thinker's film! Bret Easton Ellis assisted in the writing of the screenplay, basing it loosely around his book of short stories of the same name. Select parts of the book were purposely changed for the screen, so do not expect an exact adaptation - but don't be fooled, it's still permeated with Ellis's distinctive style. 'The Informers' offers glimpses into the lives of Los Angeles dwellers in the 1980s - the vignettes deliver pieces of the characters' struggles to connect with each other and the world around them. As other reviewers have noted, it is anticlimactic - but that is what makes the film a poignant commentary on the ugliness of moral complacency and materialism: for most of us, there is no high speed chase to define our lives, just a series of events that are sometimes disconnected from each other. This is not an action film, it is a social commentary that is just as relevant if applied to society today as it is to the 1980s depicted in the film. Watched with an open mind, it will let you in on the darker side of humanity. Cinematically, it is visually stimulating and the cast is amazing.
It's not supposed to be American Psycho
The Informers is not based on a novel, but actually a collection of short stories by Bret Easton Ellis that roughly flow in a linear fashion. Furthermore, no one expects for this film to be another American Psycho merely due to the fact that it is based off of a book by the same author. However, it contains a good amount of sex, drug use, and violence portrayed in much the same bleak fashion as in Ellis' other novels, including American Psycho. Overall, much more could have been done with this film (such as marketing) but it is definitely worth seeing. And, of course, Billy Bob Thorton is great all around.
This movie is one that leaves you with a sense of depression however it also gives that of a inspirational movie. Without giving away the ending, which i thought was nothing less than satisfying, the movie tries to show what life in the 80's was like and some of the major PROBLEMS of that time. It's a drama, not a action or comedy. So if you are looking for a movie that will leave you with a feeling of discomfort and at the same time enjoyment then The Informers is the way to go.