Saturday, May 6, 2017

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Director: Alex Gibney

Writers: Alex Gibney, Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind

Composer: Matthew Hauser

Starring: Assholes and the good guys who went after these assholes.

More info: IMDb

Tagline: It's just business.

Plot: A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Man, if you want to watch a documentary that will piss you off (because of the assholes its about), this is a good one.  I remember when this whole scandal went down but I didn't follow it to where I could go into any sort of details past the surface.  This near two hour documentary gives you those details from the people involved.  You'll seethe at the bad guys and your heart will go out to the innocent employees who lost a hell of a lot more than their jobs.  It's revolting what these executives did.  The filmmakers do a top notch job at presenting the facts, from the beginnings of the execs' crimes to the end when they bailed, taking hundreds of millions of dollars with them and leaving the company bankrupt and the subsequent investigation and trials.  I'm a financial/numbers doofus and I found this easy to follow and understand and not dry in the least.  It's an engaging film so don't let the subject deter you.  It's on Netflix.

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