The Fall of Lehmen Brothers (The Movie) Review

Okay, I am not in any way a top critic who has analyzed hundreds of films nor am I an expert in the Wall Street Stock Market or the business world (yet).  That said, let’s get on with the review.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about:

When the movie started, I had no idea what it was about. My good friend had just invited me to come over for a movie (of course, not saying which), and of course, who doesn’t like a good movie? However, instead of the usual “Total Recall” or “Bourne Legacy” I was expecting, with the sci fi blurry shots and the robots and spy action sequences, I was presented with….a financial documentary/drama.

Not that I have anything against financial documentary/dramas. Just that they were…different from what I expected.

Anyhow, at the end of the movie, I was completely stunned and enraged. How can the people we trust, the people we give our life earning’s to, just ruin everything? Banks such as Citigroup and B of A  were the ones who had brought about the financial collapse due to their misusage of money, yet they didn’t take responsibly until the very late stages of the crisis. How can people just let this happen?

Michael Samuels and Craig Wagner made a good decision on focusing on the shift that set the market crashing instead of the entire timeline (that would’ve resulted in a 560 minute playing time). By focusing on just a small part of the series of events, the movie is able to capture the tension and appeal to the human emotion that “Inside Job” (2010) lacked.

Being about business, the way the story could have been executed could have been very boring. A continuous stream of people simply talking in a conference room.On the other hand, it portrays the main characters (Hank Paulson, Dick Fuld, Tim Geithner) as actual people who cry, go running every morning, and talk with their wives in their pajamas. The movie didn’t show only “these are the bad people,” it showed why and what they were thinking. In that way, the audience connects with what’s going on-screen. 

It doesn’t fill our brain with any “cotton candy” aspects. The characters didn’t go shopping in luxury brands all day, spending their money, nor were they the superheroes. The CEOs swear and hang up on each other.

In short, this movie cuts right to the heart of the issue, short, concise, and powerful, and even to a person who’s not even old enought o own a credit card, it makes the whole Wall Street Crash make sense.

I wonder how they got the consent of the government and the Wall Street businesspeople the actors were portraying though?



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