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Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)

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Alex Gibney once again puts institutional corruption in his nonfiction crosshairs with Casino Jack and the United States of Money, an exhaustive investigation into convicted Beltway lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Gibney’s tactics don’t stray far from either his Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room or Taxi to the Darkside, the director piling on news reports, talking-head opinions and anecdotes, archival audio and video footage, and dramatic recreations to create a virtual wall of information. Unlike Michael Moore, Gibney’s factoid barrage isn’t stitched together with dubious juxtapositions and debatable assumptions, his material assembled in a generally straightforward chronological manner that makes plain the means by which his story’s myriad puzzle pieces fit.

This isn’t to imply directorial objectivity; Casino Jack makes plain, from the outset, its position as an exposé-cum-condemnation of our political system as inherently flawed with regard to the relationship between lobbyists, politicians, and policy.


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