Sunday, June 17, 2012

Too Big to Fail (2011)

Director: Curtis Hanson. Cast:John Heard, James Woods, William Hurt, Topher Grace, Paul Giamatti, Cynthia Nixon, Edward Asner, Billy Crudup, Bill Pullman, Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Modine, Dan Hedaya. 98 min. Drama.

Incredibly tense narration of the few days in September 2008, when the world's entire economy almost collapsed. As opposed to other movies about those critical days, which hint at those in-charge as devils scheming behind the scenes, this one shows the events from Paulson and Bernanke's point-of-view: What would you have done if you were in their shoes? One caveat: This is not cinema. Similar to Contagion, it's a semi-documentary played out by great actors (the number of newsreels shown is a testimony to that). There's zero character development, maybe because there's too much story to compact into 2 hours.

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