The Informers [Blu-ray]

January 21, 2014 - Comment

In his bestselling novels (American Psycho, Less Than Zero), author Bret Easton Ellis established himself as a modern chronicler of decadence, and a writer who reveals the dark shadows behind lives of wealth and glamour. Academy Awardr winners Billy Bob Thornton and Kim Basinger, Academy Awardr nominees Winona Ryder and Mickey Rourke star in an

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In his bestselling novels (American Psycho, Less Than Zero), author Bret Easton Ellis established himself as a modern chronicler of decadence, and a writer who reveals the dark shadows behind lives of wealth and glamour. Academy Awardr winners Billy Bob Thornton and Kim Basinger, Academy Awardr nominees Winona Ryder and Mickey Rourke star in an interweaving tale, which unfolds in Los Angeles in the decadent 80’s: a city ruled by addictions of every type – from sex, to drugs, to power – where youth is wasted, where love is fleeting, where every night is a headlong rush to the next orgy of sensation. Sooner or later, the party has to end …and the hangover is bound to be a killer. Also starring Chris Isaak, Brad Renfro, Amber Heard and Austin Nichols. Featuring 80’s flashback music loaded with tracks from ‘new wave’ recording legends.

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Kirby L. Wallace "kirby at wallaceinfo dee-o... says:

An accurate depiction of the feeling of desperation… As I began watching this movie, the immeidate parallel that I drew was “Less Than Zero.” I didn’t know until it was over, and googled the cast, that I found out that it was written by the same guy. Very similar in mood.In fact, I think the mood is more the point of the movie than anything else, and in that respect I can testify for it’s accurate portrayal since I was exactly the age of characters at exactly that time. The dress, the look, the “searching”, the feel of opulent loneliness, or exquisite desperation… It really did feel exactly like that in the early to mid eighties club scene.Others have criticized the story line for being shallow, but hey, we were shallow. There were a couple of places that I thought seemed a bit “contrived”, but even those mirrored some of my own sentiments from that time. I’m speaking of one instance where two of the guys are talking, and one of them is beginning to question his lifestyle and the other is definately not…

J. Freedman says:

Mis-comprehended Satirical masterpiece. Bret Easton Ellis is not the everyman’s writer. He is a literary writer and a noble, hilarious satirist. The Informer’s is mood and tone perfect a translation of his literature to film. This appeal won’t necessarily be the right kind of appeal for most people, however the implicit satirizations of social convention, indifference, vanity and acceptable decadence ring true as important motifs worthy of cinematic exploration.This movie does not have a plot with a start and an end. We meet doomed souls, with very sad lives, where everything gets worse and nothing is ever answered. How unlike real life is it? Is it the pre-occupation with narcissim and nihilism and hedonism that these men and women so lose themselves to it, merge with the emptiness and become…nothing. Several of the actors bring true emotional gravitas to their performances and it is scalding. Mickey Rourke is terrifying. Kim Basinger is sad and weak and desperate and conniving. How could anyone sympathize…

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