A light-hearted comedy that should have been serious…
(Synopsis) In 1992 Mark Whitacre, Ph.D. (Matt Damon) was a biochemist and VP at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). Mark has worked for many years developing lysine, a food additive, for ADM. Mark is having problems with producing enough lysine when he learns that there is someone sabotaging his project. Mark gets a phone call from someone who tries to extort $10 million from ADM to identify this person. The FBI is called in. Mark is a little paranoid with the investigation, and soon he believes the FBI is after him. With the encouragement of his wife, Mark becomes a whistleblower of ADM's illegal price-fixing tactics and agreements with competitors around the world. Over the next several years, Mark begins to audio-tape hundreds of hours of conversations between ADM executives. The result is the largest price-fixing case in history in 1995.
(My Comment) This is a light-hearted twist on a serious subject. It looks like they tried to make it a comedy, but I think if would have been better if they just told the real story and not make light of the seriousness. The story is somewhat based on a true story, and why they wanted to make it a comedy is beyond me. Matt Damon's performance is tedious and unbelievable. This may be one movie Matt wants to forget. The real Mark Whitacre is bipolar and suffers from mental illness. Matt's attempt to portray Mark as bipolar is off the mark and implausible. The film delivers a comedy and human drama, but it is missing a hero you can root for. You will have to judge for yourself if you think Mark Whitacre is a hero or not after you see the whole story. There is a $9 million twist at the end of the movie which may change your mind.
Rating: 3 / 5