SURPRISING–worth viewing in theater or at home
January 27, 2011
This is not a movie I would have gone to any trouble to see, and in a ten hour flight when I did not feel like reading it made the cut only after two other movies viewed on the way over that included sleep. This is a solid five and I was totally surprised, delighted, and provoked by the combination of the three main actors–Michael Douglas in a reprise role with more soul, Shia LaBeouf (appeared in Transformers as a totally credible honest broker, and Carey Mulligan, who was so very good I looked up and list some of her movies below. The movie is timely. While its depictions of the incestuous relations among the Wall Street banks (Goldman Sachs is obviously prominent under another name) and the Treasury Department, with no mention of the Federal Reserve are very limited, they are more than sufficient to project the total greed and irresponsibility of all concerned.
Here are the other movies I watched and review here (mostly to draw Phi Beta Iota community to them and the other excellent reviews), the list is in rank order. At Phi Beta Iota you can select Review/DVD Only to see the other 100+ DVDs I recommend.
The Amazon review is completely erroneous and written by someone without deep knowledge of Wall Street. I prefer to respect the first two reviews and my own broader reading. There is one important point in the Amazon review: the actual cause of all of the bubbles has been the complete corruption of the two-party tyranny. In the most recent case, Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), and his 99 colleagues that permitted 200 pages of lobbyist written re-regulation into a bill five minutes before a vote, are to blame. Goldman Sachs only gets away with what dishonest politicians permit it to get away with. Our government sold us all out.