Trailer for Casino Jack and the United States of Money exposes, entertains, and enrages
"It's the selling of America."
Pretty much the perfect summation of what the latest doc from filmmaker Alex Gibney (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM) shows us. It exposes the breaches of ethics committed by notorious lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the lengths to which his ilk will go, ultimately robbing American citizens of their power and best interests. Worse yet, it highlights just how a government has allowed for such things to even occur.
The trailer for Gibney's latest is tight, informative, and entertaining. Well worth a look if you normally follow this mess or just want to learn a little bit more.
CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY opens May 7th.
Synopsis: This portrait of Washington super lobbyist Jack Abramoff - from his early years as a gung-ho member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah - confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. A tale of international intrigue with Indian casinos, Russian spies, Chinese sweatshops, and a mob-style killing in Miami, this is the story of the way money corrupts our political process. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney once again wields the tools of his trade with the skill of a master. Following the ongoing indictments of federal officials and exposing favor trading in our nation's capital, Gibney illuminates the way our politicians' desperate need to get elected - and the millions of dollars it costs - may be undermining the basic principles of American democracy. Infuriating, yet undeniably fun to watch, CASINO JACK is a saga of greed and corruption with a cynical villain audiences will love to hate.
|Extra Tidbit:||Alex Gibney's TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE - which looked at the torture practices committed by the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay - took home the Oscar for Best Doc in 2008.|