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Big Men

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Rachel Boynton

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About the Movie

Executive produced by Brad Pitt, Big Men follows what happens when a Texas oil firm makes an enormous discovery off West Africa’s coast. Gaining unprecedented access to reveal big business in oil, it took six years to make and takes viewers around the world, from inside Wall Street boardrooms to the jungle camp of a Nigerian militant group. Director Rachel Boynton has an incredible ability to go behind closed doors; her access is critical when Kosmos Energy makes its enormous discovery. Christened the Jubilee Field, this massive undersea deposit had the potential to return a staggering $2. 2 billion to investors. Big Men is a story told from the inside, as it happens, not reconstructed once the dust settles. Called “a real-life Chinatown or There Will Be Blood” by Variety critic Scott Foundas, this extraordinary film poses fundamental questions about what motivates us all: Is unbridled greed an intrinsic part of human nature? And can what unites us ever be greater than what divides us?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 18
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Dropping us into a perfect storm of avarice, this cool and incisive snapshot of global capitalism at work is as remarkable for its access as for its refusal to judge. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Mar 13, 2014

Fresh: This moral-economic drama plays out in backroom deals that Boynton records in all their stunning and at times shameless candor. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Apr 4, 2014

Fresh: When on-the-ground reality is conveyed with the complexity and fascination it is here, unforgettable documentaries are always the result. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 13, 2013

Fresh: Fanon would have said that eventually "the wretched of the earth" will wake up and learn their lesson. If this vivid, compassionate but unstinting film is any indication, Rachel Boynton is not convinced. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Mar 14, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Well made, important Doc, must see

Surprisingly, this is a gripping tale of something that seems complex. The director doesn’t take the easy road, and examines all of the issues and sides and makes a very compelling film about backroom dramas that has earned kudos for good reason - how often do you see 100% tomato-meter?

Big Men

This is a stunning film about significant issues: the environment, colonialism and its vestiges, capitalism, and terrorism.
The footage is compelling, the interviews are fascinating, and the editing is impressive. Rachel Boynton is a superb director.
"Big Men" is riveting throughout. I strongly recommend it.


The title says it all! Rachel Boynton has captured the complex struggle and strive for power driven by what is inherent in the oil industry on all levels. She also did a great job in capturing the raw backstory of those affected that mainstream media will never touch! Great applause for this work!

Big Men
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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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