The Informers Review
By Sean O'Connell
The drug-addled zombies lurching through Gregor Jordan's The Informers are relics, dinosaurs from a decadent decade who belong in a museum, not a movie theater. Their destructively self-absorbed attitudes might have shocked audiences in 1983, the year the picture is set. Since then, however, we've spent too much time in the dead zones of Melrose Place, The O.C., and The Hills to be shaken by southern California's over-privileged fraternity.
Like a soap opera, Informers introduces multiple characters and touches on their issues. The nicest ones are stoners, voyeurs, and adulterers. On the flip side, we get kidnappers, drug dealers, and pedophiles.
Good actors make the most of their underwritten parts here. Billy Bob Thornton is a desensitized Hollywood mogul torn between the ex-wife he never really loved (Kim Basinger) and the girlfriend he doesn't want to leave (Winona Ryder). Mickey Rourke and Brad Renfro (in his final film) tap dance through an intense subplot involving the kidnapped son of... well, I'm not exactly sure who. There's no real structure to Jordan's film, so stories haphazardly begin and disappear without ending. The strangest involves Chris Isaak and Lou Taylor Pucci as a dysfunctional father and son vacationing in Hawaii and competing for the same bar-hopping bimbos.
Jordan does at least adequately recreate the vibe of the superficial sex-and-drugs dramas that screened in the 1980s. Informers reaches beyond the Ray-Ban sunglasses and dated hairstyles to grasp the decade's me-first mentality and the escape-clause cocaine and alcohol that once provided spoiled brats a respite from their mundane existences.
In fact, Informers could be viewed as a companion piece to Marek Kanievska's Less Than Zero, a 1987 addiction drama also based on a Bret Easton Ellis novel. But Infomers is half the movie Zero is. And by my calculations, half of zero doesn't add up to much.
More than negative one.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Thursday 11th June 2009
Distributed by: Senator International
Production compaines: Senator Entertainment Co
Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 13%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 91
Cast & Crew
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton as William, Kim Basinger as Laura, Mickey Rourke as Peter, Winona Ryder as Cheryl Laine, Jon Foster as Graham, Amber Heard as Christie, Rhys Ifans as Roger, Chris Isaak as Les Price, Austin Nichols as Martin, Lou Taylor Pucci as Tim Price, Mel Raido as Bryan Metro, Brad Renfro as Jack, Theo Rossi as Spaz, Suzanne Ford as Bruce's Mother, Cameron Goodman as Susan Sloan, Angela Sarafyan as Mary, Katy Mixon as Patty, Jessica Stroup as Rachel, Simone Kessell as Nina Metro, Milena Arango as Miss Nebraska, Kimberly Evan as Red Carpet Woman, Valentina Garcia as The P.A., Anne Bergstedt Jordanova as Party Girl