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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Documentary

6.9

movie

United States of America

English

Thought-provoking

2005

Alex Gibney

Al Kaseweter, Amanda Martin-Brock, Arnold Schwarzenegger

110 min

Synopsis

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Our Take

6.9
Jamie Rutherford

A documentary about the rise and fall of the Enron Corporation, the energy-trading and utilities conglomerate that gained worldwide attention in 2001 upon its headline-grabbing bankruptcy. Detailing the massive amount of fraud and malfeasance committed by the organization’s top executives, the film delves into the many intricate strategies and “special purpose” entities that were manufactured in order to hide enormous losses and debt from shareholders and the general public. It’s a fascinating and distressing examination of hubris and greed, with so many ethical considerations laid aside in the pursuit of financial gain. The film is as pertinent today as it was when it was released in 2005—perhaps even more so in this post-financial collapse era of increased distrust in corporate agendas.

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