99 Min | Drama | May 2011
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Director: Curtis Hanson
Starring: James Woods, John Heard, William Hurt
Too Big to Fail Review: Too Big To Fail dutifully lays blame everywhere. From Reagan to Clinton to Bush Jr. with former Fed Chairman Greenspan also getting a kick in the shins, as well as Bush Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who yes saved the day but burned a lot of former enemies along the way. The house of cards that led to the 2008 crash is explained in perfect detail without losing the intelligent viewer (more on that later).
In addition to outstanding writing of Too Big To Fail, the characters are well-played. Some sympathy for Mr. Fuld (James Woods), at Leaman Brothers, who really did get screwed, while Mr. Paulson’s former employer, Goldman Sachs walked away richer and mightier and more arrogant than ever. Also, the PR person working for Mr. Paulson, showed what a good PR person does in a crisis management situation. Ask good questions. Tell the truth. Frame the issue. And without giving away the end, one realizes the whole stinking mess has not been cleaned-up. The can has just been kicked down the road.
To real insiders, Too Big To Fail may seem lacking in detail for their liking. But frankly for the average ignorant American, this film is too intellectual. Almost half the country still believes the Republican lies and manipulation that got us into this mess. Americans are too stupid to appreciate this pulling away of the rot that is unfettered American capitalism in Too Big To Fail.