If you’ve seen the trailer for this movie then you’ve only glimpsed act one of a two act play. I expected the majority of this move to be Matt Damon undercover, but that’s really just the first act. The second act (and a full half of the movie) is the fallout and reproductions of Damon’s whistle blowing. I didn’t dislike this film, but I have a hard time recommending it.
The direction was great. This is Steven Soderbergh at his best. Matt Damin did a fantastic job and may even see some love come awards season. But the movie itself, especially the second act, was too slow and dragged on way too long. I’m sure this will find some measure of success simply because of the A-list talent associated with it, but it’s just an average movie at best.
Derek’s grade: B-