Runtime: 1 hr 38 min
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Gregor Jordan
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder, Jon Foster, Brad Renfro
May go down as the absolute worst movie of 2009.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 8 years ago
Based on a collection of short stories by the great postmodern author Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction), The Informers may go down as the absolute worst movie of 2009. It's set in Los Angeles, 1983, in a social milieu that will be instantly recognizable to followers of Ellis' work: the young, bi, usually coked-up "emotional vampires" of the upper-upper class. The only problem is that the film, directed by the talented Gregor Jordan (Buffalo Soldiers), is itself an emotional vampire. It's impossible to feel anything for the people on screen. They're simply not interesting, either to look at or to contemplate. They remind me of that line in Fight Club: "You're too... BLONDE!" The film is notable for being the last screen appearance of Brad Renfro, who died early last year of a drug overdose. And fans of Amber Heard (Alpha Dog, The Pineapple Express) won't be disappointed by the fact that she spends half the film naked. What were Ellis (who co-wrote the screenplay) and Jordan thinking when they made this Hall of Shame disaster? It's postmodern only in the sense that it has no point. (The same could be said of One Tree Hill, which this film rather resembles.) It has none of the playfulness and darker-than-dark humor that have made Ellis such a spectacular cult phenomenon. Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Winona Ryder round out the zombie cast.