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"The Informers": Spurned Movie Gem

August 3, 2010

Graham is upset because Christie is sleeping with Martin. But Christie explains it's not really cheating, because he is too.

By Henry Makow Ph.D.

Bret Easton Ellis, 46, is known for the novel and movie  "American Psycho" and other works that chronicle America's descent into insanity. His latest movie "The Informers" (April 2009) is a chilling portrayal of the moral vacuum that is America.

This movie stood as much chance as a seedling in a dog park. Movie critics pissed all over it complaining it had no story. That's because it's a slice of life. The narrative consists in the portrait. They also complained the people were empty. That's the point.

The movie depicts privileged white people in the 1980's binging on cocaine and sex. Australian director Gregor Jordan (Buffalo Soldiers) cut the film down to a manageable size. Ellis complained Jordan took out the humor but conceded this was Jordan's prerogative. This is a grim movie but it has energy and moral seriousness.

Scenes of LA Freeways at night convey a eerie existential quality to the flea-like behavior. Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Bassinger, Mickey Rourke, Jon Foster, Winona Ryder and Rhys Ifans all give remarkable performances. Amber Heard plays a beautiful slut who dies of AIDS.

I was puzzled that Hollywood could still make art. The explanation: the movie was financed by a German company "Senator Films" which despite losing a fortune on this movie, has survived.


The movie could not portray the Illuminati Satanists who run America. Nevertheless there are hints, as when an aspiring actor-doorman tells the studio boss's son: "I know you can't make it in this town without doing some pretty horrible things."

It's not just the political elite that is compromised. Actors, businessmen, generals; everyone who "makes it" must prove he will serve Satan first.

There is a subplot where Mickey Rourke  (the doorman's uncle)
plays a child snatcher. We see him take a boy off a skateboard and dump him in his van as casually as a bag of groceries. Rourke sells the child for $6000 for sex to some Illuminati Satanists.

He is not around when the purchaser, a clean cut man out of a Gillette commercial comes to get him. The doorman pretends he doesn't have the child, who is in the bathtub wrapped in duct tape. When Rourke gets home and learns what has happened, he is frightened: "We have to leave, pronto. You have no idea how vicious these people are."

The main focus is the family of the studio boss, played by Billy Bob Thornton. It seems that "sexual liberation" has shredded the social fabric. Thornton has left his aging starlet wife played by Bassinger for another woman but is dithering due to the property settlement. His son, played by Jon Foster, spends his time tripping, having sex and looking cool.

How much of his behavior is due to this parent's situation? "I need someone to tell me what is right and wrong, what is good and evil," he tells his friend Martin.

His father who has destroyed his mother isn't going to tell him. His mother and girlfriend who are sleeping with Martin won't. Martin certainly can't. Yet Jon seems incapable of figuring it out himself.

All human relationships have been sacrificed to "sexual liberation" - the dehumanizing (satanic) philosophy that sexual attraction trumps everything else in life. 

There is another subplot where a father hits on his son's girlfriend. The refrain is heard again: "We have no family." "We have nothing to talk about Dad."


We don't realize that our era is the product of a successful satanic conspiracy based on destroying the natural and moral order. This was sold as "liberalism, tolerance, progress and equal rights." It is ongoing, as they impose homosexual dysfunction on society.

It's not surprising that an artistic portrayal of this moral decay was spurned.
Scenes from the movie:

Four Clips from the Movie

Wikipedia Account  of "The Informers"

Scruples - the game of moral dillemas

Comments for ""The Informers": Spurned Movie Gem "

Ed said (August 5, 2010):

The best film I have ever seen regarding moral emptiness is /Casino/, starring Robert de Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, and maybe some other big names I don't remember now. There is not one single sympathetic character in the movie; the signature scene of the film is the one in which the Sharon Stone character is showing off all her gold and jewels to her young baby---the de Niro character is the husband, who got her all the precious stuff. Everybody in the movie is a greedhead, including some of the people in bit parts.

But the best film I have seen in the last several years is /The Lives of Others/, a German film dealing with corruption during the days of East German communism. The protagonist is a Stasi officer who comes to realize during the course of the film that he is not the good guy he thinks he is, but the villain. The movie is all about moral awakening, and is realistically done; the story could really have happened. This film contains one of the most powerful scenes I have ever viewed on screen. The protagonist and another fellow have been demoted due to their less-than-total loyalty, and have been assigned the job of steaming open letters to be read by the secret police. They are sitting in a little room steaming letters open, and listening to the radio. An announcer cuts in with the news that the Berlin Wall is down, and the leader of the DDR is leaving for the Soviet Union. The two men in the room put down their letter steamers and walk out. It's perfect...

Christine said (August 5, 2010):

Why do you torment yourself bu watcjomg such dreary, depressing movies? There is a parody ad on YouTube of Cinemutrin, a drug designed for those who watch depressing movies. Just reading about "The Informers" made me want to take it! :)

Ever seen "The Story of Alexander Graham Bell" with Don Ameche and Loretta Young? It is uplifting, beautiful, moral, and a wonder to see. Bell's tender devotion to his bride was so touching, as was the story of Bell's deaf mute pupil and his father.

That's the kind of movie you should watch - something that lifts your soul and leaves you feeling better than when you entered the theater.

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at