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Too Big to Fail (Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack) [Blu-ray]
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DVD Special Features • Timeline of a Crisis - An in-depth look at pivotal events that impacted the economic crisis HBO Select Special Features • The Making of Too Big To Fail - The cast and crew share their thoughts on the events that inspired the film • Opening the Vault on the Financial Crisis -The cast, crew and financial experts discuss the origins of the economic crisis • Timeline of a Crisis - An in-depth look at pivotal events that impacted the economic crisis
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This film goes behind the scenes to show the phone calls and board rooms as the drama unfolds. The all-star cast gave us a credible performance. The characters are introduced by displaying their name and company affiliation on the screen. I wish they had used some flashier fonts and maybe some grindhouse swagger music as they walked in to talk to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (William Hurt) who is sometimes seen having breakfast with Fed Chair Ben Bernake played by Paul Giamatti.
Michele Davis (Cynthia Nixon) has to give a press conference and asks how to explain why AIG failed. At this point the movie comes together in one scene which explains the whole crisis in layman's terms and why mommies and kitties will die if AIG goes under...okay maybe not the last part, Ben Bernake does that later.
Billy Crudup plays Timothy Geithner the head of the NY Federal Reserve. His ideas and influence were instrumental in buying time for congress to act.
In looking toward Europe, they is a newer and scarier phrase: "Too big to save." This is a great film. I would also recommend the CNBC documentary "House of Cards."
PARENTAL GUIDE: No sex, no nudity, many F-bombs
The movie is as good as the outstanding book on which it is based, and, perhaps in a few instances, even better, in making arcane, complex issues understandable. HBO is to be heartily congratulated for turning out this excellent film, with some top notch actors who turn in terrific performances. It's a shame that it probably won't get broad or deep TV exposure, since it lacks high speed car chases, steamy sex scenes, and over the top gun battles. Also, it requires sustained, careful attention to the dialogue, in order to understand and get the most out of the film. And yet, the movie should be among the biggest grossing, most popular "disaster blockbuster" movies of all times, because it tells the true story of how we actually came within a hair's breadth in October 2008 of a global financial and economic meltdown that would have initiated a new Great Depression, one far worse, and decades longer, than the original in the 1930s, a genuinely, apocalyptic catastrophe of biblical dimensions. And it was an entirely man-made crisis, made by many of the persons depicted in this film, who rallied in the clinch to pull us back from the brink with only hours to spare. Ideally, screening this picture (and reading the book) would educate, anger and galvanize the public into demanding that their political and economic leaders take action to ensure that we never run such a dire risk of disaster and destruction again.
In short, Too Big to Fail is a high quality, serious movie, but it's also as thrilling and scary as the trashy disaster entertainment classics, like The Poseidon Adventure, and much better acted and better made. Well worth seeing, but you'll probably have to watch it on a DVD or Blu-ray disc, rather than see it on commercial TV channels.
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