The Crime of the Century: A Review of “Plunder”

"Plunder" Filmmaker Danny Schechter

"Plunder" Filmmaker Danny Schechter

From Nick Pell at Red Star Times:

In a just world Michael Moore’s Capitalism would have been released on DVD for a niche crowd of professional weirdos and malcontents while Plunder would have made millions and garnered Academy Awards. Unlike the former which relied on the pulling of emotional heartstrings, sucking up to Barack Obama and Mr. Moore’s usual shenanigans, Plunder: The Crime of Our Time revolves around hard analysis. Plunder provides a detailed summary of the Rube Goldberg machine that collapsed the American economy.

Indeed, the investors who robbed America blind are only one part of the equation. They received a great deal of assistance from the regulatory agency tasked with defending Americans from just such a swindle. Plunder falls short on exploring just how such malfeasance at the highest levels of power is allowed to happen, though it does an admirable job of laying bare the function of such agencies. Similarly, the film falls short in explaining why the news media failed to report on the matter. Simultaneously, the film points out very sharply the role played by the national media in protecting economic elites and avoiding real discussion of the crisis.

Full Article at Red Star Times

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  • Anonymous

    This was a pretty interesting movie. Unfortunately no one will listen to him this time either. I didn’t mind the Michael Moore film that much either, although I always have a problem with the way he seems to exploit those in his films. Could just be me…

  • tonyviner

    This was a pretty interesting movie. Unfortunately no one will listen to him this time either. I didn't mind the Michael Moore film that much either, although I always have a problem with the way he seems to exploit those in his films. Could just be me…

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