Enron - The Smartest Guys in the Room details
|Starring:||John Beard, Jim Chanos, Carol Coale, Peter Coyote|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Enron - The Smartest Guys in the Room
|Rental release:||11 Sep 2006|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
A prying documentary that follows the demise of one of America's biggest companies, Enron...
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A Great WatchBy aneurin (19 reviews) from Oxford , 07 Aug 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]With the advent of Michael Moore, sermonizing documentaries attacking every aspect of how the American Dream can fail have become a genre of their own in America. Enron The Smartest Guys in the Room is easily one of the best, surpassing its rivals by avoiding the pitfall of painting everything black and white, indulging in the melodramatic half truths much beloved of Michael Moore.
You simply couldnt make up the Enron story if you tried, and to director Alex Gibneys credit hes realised this, allowing the bare facts memos, phone calls, conversations to do the incriminating. The overall effect isnt flashy, but for that very reason is all the more credible.
Gibney cares much more about the how than the what: we know what the Enron executives were criminals but it is how they became criminals which is so interesting. The film gives us a peek inside the parallel universe of delusional, tortured logic that passed for reality at Enron. I did not find myself in sympathy with Lay, Skilling or Fastow, but I felt that afterwards I at least understood their motivations beyond simple greed.
As a story about how a company dedicated itself to hiding the truth and confusing people, it is no small triumph that Gibney is able to explain clearly what fraud was committed and how. The judicious use of footage showing Enron executives lying through their teeth set against the actual facts eloquently expresses how deep the dissimulation went.
Where the film was weak was on the shady political dealings with the Bush White House and with regard to Governor Gray Davis recall. Clear and incontrovertible arguments which were everywhere else apparent were conspicuous by their absence in these sections, and I was left unclear as to with what Gibney was actually accusing those involved.
This documentary is superior to others in its genre because it seeks out the uncomfortable truths. Complacency cannot be prosecuted, but it was clearly as much to blame as the greed of Enron executives for what happened. The ease with which so many otherwise ethical people lost their moral compass is remarkable and reminds us that not only could it happen again, but next time it could be us.
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Good but could have gone further.By fenugreek (7 reviews) from Bucks , 29 May 2009Shocking detail is revealed in this film about the Enron saga but I still felt there was an awful lot more shocking revelations that never made it to the surface. Why were its directors allowed to get away with it for so long? After all what they were doing was pretty blatant but it took a total collapse to bring the auditors in.
The Enron saga can only be understood in a context of far wider corruption within both government and finance. To get an idea of how bad the situation is just look how quickly the Taleban got into the bad books when they decided to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan in the months prior to 9/11 and how 9/11 represented an ideal excuse to invade the country and reinstate the opium fields. They are currently producing 93% of the world's supply and before the ban it was 70%.
Enron- Another Boring DocumentaryBy a customer from Oxford , 11 May 2009This film was highly rated by a lot of contributors to this website. On that basis I borrowed it but, hey, whoever said the reviewers were right.
I work in the finance industry where I'm afraid practices such as those 'exposed' in the documentary are rather more commonplace.
Indeed, the idea that people think Enron's financial scams were somewhat scandalous is the only thing that surprises me here. What is revealed, most importantly, by the reaction to this movie is the extent to which people are brainwashed into believing that capitalism can be ethical the stakeholder versus shareholder view of capitalism.
outdatedBy a customer from London , 18 Apr 2009The story of greed in Enron now seems outranked by the recent collapse of Finance as we know it. Some of the details were interesting but probably would have been better suited to a New Yorker article. A bit populist in the presentation as well when the audience is probably business oriented?
UnmissableBy a customer from Bermondsey, London , 24 Mar 2009Unmissable!
This is one of the best documovies I have ever seen, its fascinating to see the empire built out of nothing! Brilliant!
THE MOST CORRUPT GUYS IN THE ROOMBy OSo (403 reviews) from Tooting London , 21 Mar 2009A DOCUMENTORY ON THE PURE GREED AND ARROGANCE OF ENRON
I RECOMEND IT