The Informers is a 2009 American feature film and drama written by Bret Easton Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki and directed by Gregor Jordan. The film is based on the novel of the same name. The novel, a group of short stories, was also written by Ellis and published in 1994. The film has an all-star ensemble cast featuring Billy Bob Thorton, Amber Heard, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, and Winona Ryder. It also stars Brad Renfro in his final feature film before his death. The movie was dedicated in his honor.
The film is set in the debauchery and self-indulgence of Los Angeles, California in the early 1980s. It is a group of loosely connected stories, often appearing aimless and plotless, and featuring movie executives, celebrities, and independently wealthy people getting into trouble. The movie's theme is one of emptiness, anomie, and alienation in a world of privilege, sex, and drugs. The film received scathing reviews and was universally panned by film critics.
The film begins with a group of people at a decadent Hollywood party. Following the party, A group of friends lose a member of their posse to an accident and the group shows little emotion or concern for his demise. This lack of concern illustrates the lack of care or compassion in Ellis's world of mayhem. Brad Renfro's character, Jack, is a hotel doorman. He is a character with limited means and one of the few characters with a moral compass. This is shown when his ex-con uncle Peter (Mickey Rourke) asks him for a place to stay and Jack refuses, wanting to leave the negative side of his life in the past. Billy Bob Thorton palys William, a movie producer with a drug-addicted wife (Kim Basinger)and their son, Graham. Graham drives sports cars and is a drug dealer. The film follows these characters as they make their way in this dark and immoral setting.