Movie Review : Too Big To Fail

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Too Big To Fail (2011)

After yesterday I reviewed The Big Short movie, now I’m gonna talk about a movie with similar plot : America’s financial crisis in 2008. But in this movie, the main plot is how government try every single possible way to prevent the economy from collapsing. From made a meeting with large bank CEOs, buying toxic asset from troubled company, and capital injection. Wait, don’t get confused yet. Because there’s still more confusing-business-related term.

For your information, this movie is heavy on it’s core. It’s about business, lots of confusing names and terms, and even the plot itself slightly hard to understand if the person didn’t not interested in business world. The main purpose in this movie is to give us understanding, insight, with some historical event. The business theme, narrative story line, and  depressed atmosphere is guaranteed will not satisfying  people who search for some ‘entertainment’ movie.

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Too Big To Fail (2011) is a story about US Government handling financial crisis in 2008 together with major big banks.

After I watched this movie for the first time, I found that the director wanted to show us a story about how America government try to save its economy system from finance crisis since The Great Depression. And this movie show us that, very clearly. We can see the processes since the beginning. From Plan A to Plan Z, we can see how US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson try every single possible way to make Lehman bankruptcy affect US Economy. In my personal opinion, we can also feel his patient, depression, and even anger. And if you see a glimpse on quality side, this movie is not second-grade film with cheap actor.

Too Big to Fail is filled with big actor, in case you didn’t know. There’s William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, Tony Shalhboub, Bill Pullman, and one of my favorite underated actor, James Wood. Now, if you’re into cinema business, you know their names and their unquestionable quality. They can easily blend in with the plot, hypnotize and giving us one hell of story about finance crisis in 2008.

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Paul Giamatti (as Ben Bernanke) and William Hurt (as Henry Paulson)

I might have a few reasons why you should watch this movie. First, if you’re someone who’s interested in financial business world but still a newbie, you’ll find this movie very-very educating. You will know some of the big names such as Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, and many more. You will also know a lot of business term used in business world, especially finance and banking. So, when all this names and terms comes up in a conversation, at least you will have some references.

And for the second reason, you can see really clearly how America government tried to handle this crisis, even though it’s not 100% real. You will know which government department whose handling such crisis.  I can assure you, you will have more knowledge about US government after watching this movie. Oh, i have a little quote that might spark your interest :

“In 2010, compensation on Wall Street rose to a record of $135 billion. Ten banks now hold 77 percent of all US bank assets. They have been declared too big to fail”

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