Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (2005)

ALEX GIBNEY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 2005Jigsaw Productions, , HDNet Films.  Screenplay by , Alex Gibney, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Film Editing by Alison Ellwood.  Academy Awards 2005.  Independent Spirit Awards 2005Online Film Critics Awards 2005.  Washington Film Critics Awards 2005.  

Riveting documentary that describes the rise and fall of one of America’s most incredible business stories. Energy corporation Enron goes from being the seventh largest company in the United States to bankruptcy within a year thanks to Midas-level greed among its head honchos. Their book-cooking techniques scam millions of dollars that, when revealed, leave thousands of employees without any retirement savings. Released before the ultimate trials that led to  and ‘s convictions (which in Lay’s case prompted a fatal heart attack), this film will still hold you captive as you watch the company’s extremely successful stock prices go from high rolls to mere pennies by the time of Enron’s demise. Director Alex Gibney does a marvelous job of balancing the number-crunching with the human elements of the story, pacing the film with some fantastic editing, incendiary testimonies and an impressively rich soundtrack to produce one of the most entertaining (and terrifying) documentaries in recent years.

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