Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Informers. F

Everyone has a set of movies that they utterly detest. The kind where you strongly consider walking out before its over and that makes you shudder long after you've seen it. The sort of movie that makes you wonder why you like movies in the first place when something so dreadful can be put out. And honestly, the sort of movie you wonder why you ever went to see in the first place. I have a number of them, but as of right now I can't think of anything I dislike more than 'The Informers.' The movie has a strong cast and its based off a book by Bret Easton Ellis, who's had success with film adaptations before (most notably 'Less Than Zero' and 'American Psycho'). 'The Informers' was likely made as a 'risk project.' Director Gregor Jordan probably knew he was dealing with something that could be a potential disaster. But he clearly wanted to make it good. He failed. The movie's about a bunch of brutes in LA who we come to hate more and more with each scene they're in. The various stories are random, stupid, and offensive. This flick moves at an unbearably slow pace, with the only real action occurring in the opening scene in which a young man gets killed by a car. A big deal is made in the movie about the 80s time period, labeled in history as the time of sex, drugs, and rock n roll. 'The Informers' makes note of all the above on numerous occasions and it tries to gloss it all over with a 80s rock soundtrack and slick editing and photography. One could make the point that 'The Informers' is an accurate film that's tough to watch simply because it of the time period it deals with. But a perfect retort would be that every decade had its problems. There's nothing special about watching a bunch of jerks act pathetically for 98 (did I mention dragging) minutes. Want to see the 80s? I'd say just watch 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.'

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