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It is 2008 and the stock price of Lehman Brothers is falling and CEO Richard Fuld(James Woods) is badly in need of cash and a sugar daddy. However, he rejects Warren Buffett's(Ed Asner) offer of $40 a share as an insult to his pride and his manhood. And then instantly regrets having done so because the stock price keeps falling, and a deal with a Korean consortium falls through. Just to add insult to bankruptcy, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson(William Hurt) says there will be no government bailout this time, so Fuld had better work out something with all the other banks.

"Too Big to Fail" is certainly a mixed bag. It gets off to a bad start, as it seems like we've walked into a movie that has already started.(Instead of the archival news footage during the credits, the movie should have instead gone with a Star Wars like scroll: "The empire's finances were beginning to crumble and Karl Marx was laughing in his grave.") And that's not to mention a pedestrian approach to the material and waiting until most of the way through before a discussion of the key issues. However, once it gets going, the movie takes on the form of a suspenseful political thriller at times. And it works having Paulson being the focal point of the movie as Hurt is very good in the role and it helps to have one center of attention with so many characters in play. On the other hand, Paulson, here does seem a little too good to be true, holding firm with sage advice from Ben Bernanke(Paul Giamatti, who almost steals the movie with only a bowl of oatmeal) and Timothy Geithner(Billy Crudup) and assistance from Paulson's Angels(Cynthia Nixon, Topher Grace, Ayad Akhtar & Joey Plotnick).

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PicktheBid OKC, OK

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"Too Big to Fail" Truly Succeeds
This HBO produced film gives dialog and a behind-the-scenes feel to the 2008 financial debacle so perfectly exposed in "Inside Job."

The direction by Curtis Hanson is razor-clean cut, and the performances, especially by James Woods, Paul Giamatti and William Hurt underscore the irony that not one of the self-serving "public servants" has "served" one single day of jail time and continue to live their over-the-top, elegant lifestyles.

The effective use of actually news footage from our 24/7 news cycle serve as a percussive soundtrack as we watch the financial worlds of your "off the Street" American citizens self destruct at the hands of the Bush administration.

Thank you HBO for continuing to do what you have done so well for so many years!

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Short and Sweet
After watching hours of news stories about the bank bailouts, I still never fully grasped what was going on - only the most broad outlines of it.

This movie explained it clearly - and, most shockingly, somebody made a movie about banking regulations that was interesting and engrossing.

Excellent cast at the top of their game - and first rate writing and directing. Check this one out!

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Just like Inside Job
This movie is another movie just like "Inside Job" explaining the market crash in 2008 in a great manner. It's a must watch.

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Great Movie!!!!
I love this movie!! This movie about the recent crisis is great. Throughout the movie we can see how everything play out at those times and the different meeting that the investments banks had at the time in order to prevent this crisis to happen. Whenever a CEO was introduce in the movie the would write in subtitles the name and the position that the hold so it makes the movie easier to follow. Different scenarios from the crisis are in this movie, for example Bank of America acquiring Merrill Lynch. Anyways this movie is a MUST!!!

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The Best Movie About Financial Crisis
This movie is in spanish subtittle too and show the inside side of the crisis.

I write little words because my english aren't fluid. I recommend it because is a true story.

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Great movie and very entertaining
I like how the movie explained the global situation. It really gave the perception to its viewers that the bailouts were absolutely necessary unless we wanted a collapse of the entire financial system, especially AIG's bailout.

It also portrays Paulson as a hero, as he tried to do the best that he could without stepping in with government intervention

Overall, The filmmakers did a great job at trying to hit all major bases condensed into a 1 1/2 hour movie.

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Better Than Wall Street 2
Sure, sure, it could've been better but overall this HBO movie was pretty good and there were some actually tense and comedic scenes, which Wall Street 2 failed miserably at doing...same exact topics, concepts and sadly the needed-for-dumbass-America explanations of simple financial instruments, but better actors and a better script here.

A few lines and scenes actually stand out in this explanation movie and I have a feeling the upcoming Wall Street movie "Margin Call" will be similar so wooohooo this our chance to be mainstream blehhhhhhh...too bad nobody ever wants to make a movie about great Wall Street success like a real life "Limitless"...now that would be cool rather than these crime, catastrophe, ultimate power/money monger movies we've got going on.

4 stars overall, good job HBO

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