Friday, September 25, 2009
....a Friday Matinee review
Fat Matt Damon plays the real life Mark Whitacre, a young rising executive with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the agricultural giant that can make anything from corn.
Mark is bright with an education in biochemistry, and well liked within ADM. He discovers that ADM is engaging in international price fixing of a food additive, and turns informant/whistle blower.
He has a beautiful wife, Ginger, played by Melanie Lynskey, and three kids, living in Suburbia Illinois.
He spends two and a half years recording meetings with competitors around the world for the FBI. He considers himself a hero of sorts, and has visions of becoming the CEO of ADM once the hammer falls.
The inconsistencies in the details starts to turn the tables on Mark, and the FBI have him submit to a lie detector test. I don't want to go any further with the details or results of this test because the movie takes a twist ........
FBI agents Brian Shepard (Scott Bakula) and Bob Herndon (Joel McHale) who were instrumental in cracking this corporate corruption, became close to Mark Whitacre for the two and a half years of working on the case for the Bureau. They liked Mark, but were taken off the case once things twisted and turned.
I hesitate to go into further details because I really liked this movie, and don't want to spoil it for any of you who might decide to see it. It's rated R and I don't know why. There is no nudity, no F-bombs or other foul language that I noticed. Maybe the corporate corruption? This movie is a comedy, but it's not what I would call ha ha funny, just Mark Whitacre being naive and a bit unsophisticated in the role of a secret agent.
I give this movie five stars....because it's a true story, and I liked it.