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Plot: 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. Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 24 Apr 2009
I haven't commented on a film on IMDb in years but this movie seems to be getting mostly slammed so I feel a need to log one for other side because I am definitely a fan.I'm going to talk about the movie as a whole, so consider this your **************SPOILERS*********************************** warning. I can see why some people wouldn't like this movie. It's definitely not a comedy and it's definitely not mainstream. The majority of the characters are not likable, though most of them are sympathetic- which is what I think bothers so many audience members: you can't <more>
automatically hate Graham, Les, Christie, Laura, Carole, etc. because you pity them, and maybe even empathize with them. And that is a feeling most people don't want to feel, especially at the movies, where we have been led to believe we should always expect characters we want to relate to, and a few hours of escape from reality. This movie isn't an escape. It's glitzy and polished, it's full of beautiful people, but that's the lure that gets you into the trap. And this movie is a trap: it's about how there is no escape because life doesn't end just because the credits role and the things you do and are done to you are going to be with you forever. So choose wisely- or at the very least, humanely. That's the lesson Graham is supposed to learn in this film. The ending is ambiguous as to if he learns it or not. Either way, it's not a lesson most of us want to be confronted with, especially on a night out, and it's really not something we want to be confronted with by a movie only to have the movie fail to then tell us what to think by having a clear cut resolution for the character. There is a lot of bile thrown at this film for it's lack of morality but I actually find the film very moral: the idea of "good" is integral to the story and characters. It just never gets defined. Which is true for most people in the real world too, unless they have subscribed to some notion of "good" outside of themselves- i.e. religion, the law, etc. The people in the INFORMERS have been placed outside of the usual social constructs of good, however, because they are famous The Rock Star , wealthy William and Laura , beautiful Graham, Martin, Christie , losers Jack and his uncle , observers Carole or liars Tim and so now they must struggle to find a new morality- which is hard when you're living in a society that doesn't appreciate thinking for yourself and if anything encourages everyone to look, act and think the same. There is a reason why almost all the outsiders in the movie are brunettes. There is also a reason why they are almost always the most thoughtful, sympathetic people in the story Raymond, Rachel, Nina, and even Susan is clearly a bottle blonde starting to let her roots show . This movie is about people who have been conforming/buying into the game, but who are waking up to realize mostly too late what they may have lost for doing so. Some of them are even trying to warn us. That's where the title comes from. The technical parts of the movie are hard to fault. It looks beautiful and the dialogue and scenes move with a sleek economy, reduced to the bare bones of what each character, scene, story needs. Perhaps people don't realize this is a drama because it's not overblown like most Hollywood dramas. There are no big speeches. There are no tears. There are few breakdowns. But there often aren't in real life, especially amongst people who are not good at being in touch with their feelings. And if these people were good at being in touch with their feelings, chances are the stuff that happens to them, wouldn't be happening.The movie isn't flawless. There is a scene between Rachel and Les in the book that I would have loved to see included. Carole's story feels a bit too abbreviated and could have used one more scene of closure. Susan's escape on the train from LA would have been a nice way to bring a bit more balance to the bleakness of the film. A male on male kiss would have been nice, though I applaud the film for being as up front as it was with the bisexuality and in the book there are no gay sex scenes so I can understand the choice to avoid them in the movie- especially if you consider the implication that any tenderness between Graham and Martin is something they are hoping to ignore themselves. In the end, though, these flaws are really just a wish list because I wanted to see more of this story and these people; there are no missteps in the film itself, from my perspective. And maybe it's best that we don't get more; as the final image of Christie on the beach, waiting for death, tells us: ignorance is often its own kind of bliss.
OK, so I can see a lot of negative reviews for this movie, some people giving it only 1 star which is clearly not a fair review but some sort of angry attack. Firstly this is not a typical style of movie. It is much more in the art house genre, with glimpses in to lives, rather than a clear cut story all nicely played out, like so many predictable, pretentious movies. The stories are all very interesting, as well as very original in an era of highly borrowed themes. This is one movie that really draws the viewer in with great atmosphere, incredible cast, great soundtrack and cool locations. I <more>
think this movie will probably only appeal to a mature audience, and I don't mean age mature. The best way to view this movie is to really chill and don't be expecting some sort of standard formula. Do this and it will really draw you in to some unusual moments of emotional intrigue.
The Informers is a more awesome film than American Psycho and darker than Less than Zero. Brian Metro as the recount shows us how genuine acting and rock and roll is made, with all the requisite ingredients, and via insider trading. Chris Issack raises the baby spader with little effort, while Mickey Rourke works with a Brad Pitt fed looking person. It reveals how badly the current titanic generation is listing not to the left, but towards a middle size fits all. All the emotive water is there with the typical BEE sound scoring and lighting. Along with two other positive reviews from Roger <more>
Ebert and the San Francisco Chronicle, I consider this movie to be the great American geek filter. Again the actual film seems prescient with a 'nightmare' and a reference to January 15, miracle on the Hudson. What most negative reviews seem to miss, is how average the sex and drugs were of the era, and that 99% of us that indulged in great personal film making, are still rich and spoiled and extremely healthy and active today. Sure everyone is in a state of dread, but that's the price of creating such beautiful memories, it's not easy but it's worth it. The blue house. Today, you can have anything you want EXCEPT MEMORIES. Ask anyone today what they did last weekend and I'd be sure it's completely PG-13 rated laughable, and not what classical Zeus and Apollo surely paid to see. Winona Ryder is dressed perfectly like the first lady of the era, Nancy Rx.
"The Informers" is vacant, isolated and angst-ridden. Much like the '80s, it has lots of placid exteriors, broken interiors, hot bodies, vast wealth and the search for meaning.As is usual for Ellis characters, though, no one has the equipment to find any meaning. From the beginning, it's obvious the hunt will be fruitless. These people have been so badly socialized by their alienating culture of wealth that they often can't even find an emotional response to their inability to properly feel.Also par for the course is the easily placed blame. Parents so wrapped up in <more>
themselves that their children's existence barely registers are hardly fit to bestow morals or wisdom or emotions or anything else. Privilege has its costs. When anything is attainable, meaning evaporates. Everyone is adrift, and it's everyone's fault.This is a movie that will likely anger, disgust or bore those not familiar with Ellis' milieu, although many of us who lived through the '80s know what he's on about. It doesn't lead anywhere, just like the characters' internal compasses. A couple of times the dialogue felt like it was trying too hard to get the point across, where if you weren't getting it, you're too stupid to be worth telling. I don't remember the book banging you on the head that way, but maybe it did.This is not a pleasant movie, so don't make it a date night. It is a lovely, enchanting cultural study of detachment and amorality. But again, it also is everyone's fault. Self-indulgence isn't attractive and doesn't engender pity. When Graham pleads, "I need someone to tell me what is good, OK? And I need someone to tell me what's bad," you can't feel anything for him.He's lost, they're all lost, there's no hope.
i love movies from the 80's, and i love movies about the 80's (by twoods6523)
wow! there are some really negative comments about this movie. i went to the theater and saw the title not knowing what it was i was intrigued. i called my brother and he had heard of the movie, told me written by less than zero author and told me of the cast. i was excited about it and got tickets. i loved this movie. i love movies that im not sure of whats going to happen and characters that aren't easy to figure out. drugs, sex, great music and messed up people...what more could you ask for? its not a feel good movie by any means, and it leaves you asking some questions. im still <more>
thinking about the movie, and i really want to see it again, i cant say that about a lot of films!
Firstly, I'm shocked by the amount of negative reviews I've seen for this film. It seems as though everyone has missed the point entirely.THIS FILM IS A SATIRE. So saying it's a glorification of sex, drugs, and decadence is absurd.Second of all, this film is not about plot - it's a character study.Yes, this is a film about the selfish, narcissistic L.A. scene and the people who inhabit it. And no, this film is not attempting to glorify the lifestyle these characters lead. The film is a warning, a modern morality tale. This film could have just as easily been set in ancient <more>
Rome. In the book, it's clear that Christie is HIV positive, and of course, the implication is that everyone she's slept with, as well as everyone that has slept with everyone she has is positive as well. Hardly a glorification of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Everyone in this film is lonely, desperate, and lost and will most likely soon be dead. A sequel to this film would depict the characters are wasting away from AIDS in their expensive private hospital rooms. Nothing good comes from the way these characters act, so how can this be a glorification?Ellis, like in American Psycho and Gramorama, is not trying to glamorize this lifestyle, he's attempting to satirize and criticize the people it creates. I'm frankly surprised that all can't see that. And The Informers does this very well. It shows us people that are difficult to like and even easier to hate. Towards the end of the film, the viewer isn't sure if these characters are to be pitied or laughed at. We're not sure if we should be appalled or fascinated. And that's the point. The Informers" is not a film about "sex, drugs, and rock and roll, European-style" as an actor who plays Graham from the movie so eloquently puts it in the commentary . Rather, it's a film about beautiful people doing awful things. Why? To hi-light the moral decay that exists in our culture. To shock us into change. Bret Easton Ellis, a self-professed "moralist", is making a statement; beauty is only skin-deep and decadence will lead to your downfall. Also, despite the social commentary, this is one hell of a beautiful film.Perhaps what is so disturbing for people and why this film is so harshly criticized is because of what it does. It holds a mirror up to the viewer and you won't necessarily like what you see. There are no heroes in this film. Only moral decay, desperation, apathy. People who lack in a moral compass and need guidance. There is no catharsis and no "happy ending." There is no resolution. You are only left with your thoughts.At its heart, this interlocking web of shorts is really about the complex and fragile dynamics between fathers and sons. As the actor who plays Tim says it's a "relationship piece" and I agree.Now, that said, being a big fan of Ellis' work myself, this film disappoints as the "adaptation" it claims to be. For one thing, in the book, Bryan Metro is a vampire, and there is no suggestion of this in the film. Also, the film downplays the effect of AIDS on the characters, which is of course the main "concequence" of these character's grotesquely decadent lifestyles. In the film, it is implied that Christie is dying of AIDS, while in the book it is made clear. arguably the antagonist, its her decadence that brings about the demise of everyone around her. Perhaps it's this line that encapsulates the film in a way; "you can't make it in this town unless you're really willing to do some awful things. And you know, I'm willing." And this is the beauty of film. WE would never do such things, but it's thrilling to watch these "fake" people on screen do them. The irony - a common device in Ellis' work - is how these beautiful people are doing awful things to each other. It's interesting that the director said that for this film he was inspired by Italian movies from the 1970s, depicting beautiful people in terrible situations. The themes of decadence, hedonism and the price of that lifestyle fit well with the ominous soundtrack and dark tone the film used. "The Informers" is more than another 80s noir period film with a killer soundtrack featuring beautiful naked young people doing drugs. That is the surface of this film. The purpose, the "message" dare I say, goes far deeper than that and is based on how you choose to interpret this film and the book it is based on. We are not meant to laugh at these people, despite how lost and clueless they are, we're meant to pity them, and loathe the parents who made them the way they are. As Graham tearfully explains to Martin, he needs someone to tell him "what's good and what's bad" and asks how he's supposed to know if no one ever told him.On the surface, The Informers is a fascinating film on its own merit. It falls short as a successful adaptation of Ellis' book, though.
Come on folks, this is Bret Easton Ellis for crying out loud. How often do you get a chance to see his stuff on the screen? On a few movie screens, for all too short a run, and great photography projected on film, not digital? This is the End of the California Dream Palace, enjoy it while you can.Like any writer who gets final cut on his own film, he leaves in excess baggage e.g. Tim storyline that a savvy producer/director would have tossed, but who cares? This stubborn, eccentric film is absolutely worth seeing.When it opened in Boston, they needed prompting to put it up on the digital <more>
show times board, so this is not a film that's getting a lot of push on its theatrical release.
Messy but still fascinating and flawed adaptation of the book. (by hu675)
This vignette movie follows different characters living in the early 1980's in Los Angeles. All these characters have decadent lives. A movie producer William Sloan Oscar-Winner:Billy Bob Thornton tries to move back with his estranged wife Laura Oscar-Winner:Kim Basinger but he's still in love with a TV reporter Cheryl Winona Ryder . Graham Jon Foster , a young man in his early twenties has confused feelings towards his girlfriend Christie Amber Heard and his bi-sexual friend Martin Austin Nichols . Alcoholic Father by the name of Les Price Chris Issak is taken his son Tim <more>
Lou Taylor Pucci to Hawaii. He's hoping to fix the relationship between his son, although Tim might be gay. A sad looking, always nervous Hotel Doorman Brad Renfro is trying to have his dreams come true in Hollywood as an actor but he's forced to deal with his criminal low-life uncle Mickey Rourke . A new wave rock singer named Bryan Metro Mel Raido is only alive performing on the stage but his life is full of sadness and hate.Directed by Gregor Jordan Buffalo Soldiers made an interesting but very flawed adaptation from Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction novel. There's some good moments in the movie and a few darkly funny moments. Perphas not enough to make it an coherent film. There's some story holes in the picture. Especially if you read the novel first, you will know... what's not in the movie. Like the infamous fascinating Vampire subplot, Letters from L.A. and The last chapter of the movie that involves two characters in a day at the Zoo for example. Too bad, those chapters from the book are not in the movie. Despite the many changes from Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki screenplay. Although there was many changes from the original screenplay before the movie was filmed. If the movie had an bigger budget, i am sure, those chapters from the book...Would have been filmed.DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 transfer and an strong Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The DVD includes an not bad commentary track by the directors and actors:Foster & Pucci. DVD also includes an featurette. The only thing is missing on this DVD is the plenty of Deleted Scenes that the director mention in the commentary track. The best performances here are by Foster, Basinger and Renfro. Which they are good in the movie. It is sad to watch Renfro in his last movie, which he doesn't look healthy in the movie as he probably was in real life. He was terrific in "Apt Pupil". Also the novel was very darkly funny with absurd situation...the picture doesn't really have it. "American Psycho" and "The Rules of Attraction" are very funny dark comedies. "Less Than Zero" was serious and sometimes satirical look at the late 1980's. "The Informers" is sadly the least impressive of the adaptations from Ellis' work so far. Even Ellis didn't even liked the final movie.But reading the book first, before seeing the film. I knew, this would be a tough adaptation to pull off. "The Informers" does works sometimes but most of the time, it doesn't. But it's still oddly watchable and it is a morality/voyeuristic movie. It's a wild mess but fans of Ellis' book might forgive the flaws of the picture. Super 35. *** 1/2 out of ***** .
This is a movie you either really like or really hate. I happen to be in the group of really like. I can definitely see why people would not enjoy this film. It has no beginning and no end. I feel as though every character has something in common in this film. They are all stuck. Every character had such a sadness and stubbornness that connected with each other in subtle ways. I love movies like this. I feel like everybody acted beautifully and compassionately as much as they could for their characters. I am a huge fan of American Psycho although I have never read the novel or the novel The <more>
Informers, but I loved the film and I feel that The Informers had the same feel that I enjoyed in American Psycho. I felt that you could see some resemblance in the two, you could tell that they were written by the same person. You could also tell that the characters in both films had a very complex confusion in relation with humanity. I would only recommend this movie to people that would be looking for an interesting and different than your average movie story line. It is not a typical 'hollywood' film. In a way this reminded me a little bit of Factory Girl. It just had that kind of lost and sad feel to it. Which is ironic because I remember that people either really hated Factory Girl or really liked it.