Saturday, September 19, 2009


Crime drama

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Matt Damon: Mark Whitacre, Corporate VP with Archer Daniels Midland
Tom Papa: A.D.M. Chief Operating Officer Mick Andreas
Melanic Lynskey: Mark's wife Ginger
Scott Bakula: F.B.I. Special Agent Brian Shepard
Rick Overton: Mark’s boss Terry Wilson
Joel McHale: F.B.I. Agent Robert Herndon

Loosely based on a true story and promoted as a comedy (even including an explanation point in the title), I didn’t see it that way at all. There really is nothing funny about corporate malfeasance nor the difficulties one encounters as a whistleblower.

That’s not to say there are no comic moments because indeed there are quite a few. But not of the gut-busting variety, just the incongruity of the situation that evokes a smile or two.

Matt Damon gives one of his best performances ever.

for language (in my view, hardly justified)

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