Monday, September 7, 2009

Matt Damon's Oscar Prospects

Reviews for Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! are starting to trickle in from Venice. The consensus seems to be that it's good, not great, but boasts a wonderfully funny lead performance from Matt Damon.

The film centers on Mark Whitacre, an executive at an agriculture company who turns whistleblower to the FBI over a corporate price-fixing scam. The closer the feds get to putting away the bad guys, the more obvious Whitacre's own set of company misdealings becomes.

Empire has seen the film, and their review is full of praise for Damon's work:
"Most people agree, though, that the film is very much a triumph for Matt Damon, who really excels in the role of Mark Whitacre...it's to his credit that a role that could easily have been a one-dimensional caricature generates, in the final reel, a lot of sympathy, not only from us but from everyone he drags into the case."
Guy Lodge over at In Contention likes him too:
"Not unlike his otherwise wholly different turn in The Talented Mr. Ripley, [Damon] reveals the psychological cracks in the makeup of the American everyman so incrementally that you hardly notice until it’s too late. Aided by a deadpan comic fluidity the actor has never controlled so comfortably, it’s the finest work of his career."
Damon will probably be a nominee in this year's Best Actor race, with a supporting turn in Clint Eastwood's Invictus strengthening his body of work. If he's good enough there, he could join the club of actors nominated in two acting categories in the same year.

Damon is a great character actor who excels in comedy, drama, and action. I'd love to see him get some recognition.

2 comments:

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Glad to see him getting good reviews. He was tops in The Talented Mr Ripley...and although they weren't ACTORS films he was good in Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve

Ellen said...

I think Damon is a great actor, but I've always wondered what else he has in him as a writer.

After Good Will Hunting I assumed he and Affleck would be at it again at some point.

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