Soderbergh non ha la mano dei Coen e quindi questa commedia nera è sin da subito abbastanza stucchevole e dozzinale,in cui si gira perennemente a vuoto e l'intreccio narrativo provoca quasi solo noia. Damon non funziona,la fotografia poco e la regia non sale mai di livello. Si vedeva che Steven era a corto ed infatti poi ha virato verso la televisione.....dimenticabile in fretta.
I've read a lot of compaints about the number of twists and turns this film makes, but I think they're all unfounded. Everything is smartly timed and well presented, and the narrative on the whole is reasonably simple to follow. And it's all completely conducive to the surprising but very insightful final impression the film makes.
Is it a lie if you really believe it? Eventually someone asks, "What's his agenda?" which is the only nagging thing I didn't like here - we never really know Mark Whitacre's motivation. Still, it is an entertainingly slow reveal of someone who was so good at lying, he conned himself.
Soderbergh and Damon have become champs at tagteaming capitalism, and good for them. Damon's corporate sociopath is one of the most daring and jawdropping characterizations in recent film. He's a folk hero in his own mind, spinning himself into bad Tom Cruise flicks even as he defrauds both the 1% and the government in one go. Strange bedfellows, you say? I bet this is more deeply kinky than their Liberace one.
An excellent film that turns a tragedy into a comedy, if only to make the actual revelation of the character's motivations all the more shocking. Soderbergh's clever riffing on '60s spy-capers in a film about '90s corporate politics is inspired; perfectly establishing the skewed perspective of the central character and the bigger-than-life, Walter Mitty-type situations that he embroils himself in.