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The Informers (2008)

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One week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence.

Director:

Gregor Jordan

Writers:

Bret Easton Ellis (screenplay), Nicholas Jarecki (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Foster ... Graham Sloan
Billy Bob Thornton ... William Sloan
Austin Nichols ... Martin
Amber Heard ... Christie
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Tim
Fernando Consagra Fernando Consagra ... Bruce
Aaron Himelstein ... Raymond
Mel Raido ... Bryan Metro
Rhys Ifans ... Roger
Germán Tripel ... Bryan's Guitarist (as German Tripel)
Kim Basinger ... Laura Sloan
Winona Ryder ... Cheryl Moore
Brad Renfro ... Jack
Suzanne Ford ... Bruce's Mother
Cameron Goodman ... Susan Sloan
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Loosely connected stories capture a week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence. Written by anonymous

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Taglines:

Greed is good. Sex is easy. Youth is forever.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, drug use, pervasive language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Informers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$300,000, 26 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$300,000, 26 April 2009
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was actor Brad Renfro's final film. See more »

Goofs

The first traffic scene shown there is a C-4 generation Corvette (came out in 1984 there was no 1983 model) and a first generation Ford Taurus (came out in 1986). See more »

Quotes

Graham Sloan: I need something, Martin.
Martin: You need some fucking 'ludes.
Graham Sloan: No, I need something more than this!
Martin: Graham, what else is there? You already have everything.
Graham Sloan: I need someone to tell me what is good. Okay? And I need someone to tell me what is bad.
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Ono Wahine
Written by Nawahi Para'uchi
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Existential Nihilism is Real...I know people like these ones.
31 January 2012 | by AMichaelLSee all my reviews

I am shocked by the terrible/mediocre reviews. This is an incredibly dense movie masquerading as a bunch of moral-free vignettes. The main thing to take away from this movie is: nothing. There is no discernible meaning to life when lines get blurred. Grant, sort of near the end, tells Martin that when you don't know what is good or bad, you don't know what to do anymore. This sums up this movie perfectly. I know people like this...that is, people who have everything and act like it is nothing. People who are so self-centered and naive that they actually believe their nihilism is justified. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but it is fascinating (for me at least) to watch. Every character is fleshed out pretty well, it is just that the details of their characters are semi-buried. If you watch closely, I think most will find an intimate portrait of bad people (Renfro's character may be the only 'decent' person in the film...and yet he aspires to be like the 'bad guys'...what does this say about our culture? This movie is tragic, but not in the usual way. We are forced to watch characters who have it all and act aloof. I kept thinking throughout the film, a surefire sign something was done right. I can easily imagine myself in the main characters' shoes - so withdrawn (from riches and drugs) from society that good and bad don't even exist anymore. Instead, there is just life - and to them, it sucks.

Yes, there is some to be desired here, but I think this film more than any of the other Easton-Ellis adaptations shows how Brett views the world - as a cold place where those who have it all have nothing, and those who have nothing - still have nothing.

From a film-making standpoint, there was some to be desired, but Gregor Jordan, overall, is an excellent filmmaker. I give this film a 7 for strong visuals (more impacting than the dialogue. usually) and a very realistic look at the philosophy of nihilism.


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