Friday Doc Pick: Casino Jack & the United States of Money
‘”Documentaries are much more exciting than most fiction films,” says Alex Gibney. “I think most documentary filmmakers are loosening themselves up, they’re doing stuff that’s much more interesting in stylistic terms.”‘ (Philadelphia City Paper, 5/20/2009)
See Academy Award winner Gibney’s theory in action in his new film Casino Jack & the United States of Money, opening today at Ritz at the Bourse. The “Jack” in question is Washington bad guy, lobbyist Jack Abramoff. And the United States of Money refers to the greedy web of politicians, lobbyists and businessmen contributing to a super corrupt political system where cash is king (and the occasional golf trip is prince). Throw in Native American tribes, African freedom fighters, and the mob and you have a sense of Abramoff’s bizarro world. Unfortunately, it’s a world we’re all living in. Fortunately, Abramoff didn’t get away with it, and is in the middle of a four year prison sentence. Gibney moved, angered and illuminated with his earlier films Taxi to the Dark Side and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. I’m expecting a lot of that middle emotion when listening to transcripts of Abramoff’s emails and other backdoor dealings. Hell, the trailer riled me up. Check it out below.