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The Informers

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Vapid, pretty things flounce around a Roman-style mansion; Simple Minds croon about ‘new gold dreams’. Almost redundantly, a title informs us that this is Los Angeles, 1983. Haircut pursues haircut; a hanger-on is curtly rejected. A sports car flies in from out of nowhere, flattening a young god. Ten minutes later, no one gives a shit.Who could be responsible for such pitch-perfect shallowness? Bret Easton Ellis’s wobbly 1994 collection of LA vignettes has undergone some serious alterations; the above scene doesn’t even exist in this adaptation. Gregor Jordan may be the first director to resist flattering Ellis with depth (‘American Psycho’) or synth-driven sturm und drang (‘Less than Zero’). Instead, ‘The Informers’ flits from an unfaithful studio head (Billy Bob Thornton) to his estranged trophy wife (Kim Basinger) and troubled son (Jon Foster) with only the slightest interest in meaning. And isn’t that precisely right? We may not care about these cokeheads, but only rarely does Jordan fall into knee-jerk retribution.
Written by Joshua Rothkopf

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 17 July 2009
  • Duration:98 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Gregor Jordan
  • Screenwriter:Bret Easton Ellis, Nicholas Jarecki
  • Cast:
    • Jon Foster
    • Amber Heard
    • Billy Bob Thornton
    • Kim Basinger
    • Brad Renfro
    • Mickey Rourke
    • Winona Ryder
    • Rhys Ifans
    • Chris Isaak
    • Austin Nichols
    • Lou Taylor Pucci
    • Mel Raido
    • Theo Rossi
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