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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 64
- Fresh: 53
- Rotten: 11
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Auds will feel info-glut over the course of the two-hour-plus film, which is hardly the desirable response for a piece of reporting on the vital issue of the corrupting effect of money in American politics.
Fresh: The narrative trots all over the globe, including stops for labor exploitation in the Marianas Islands, dealings with Russian mobsters,ripping off Indian tribes in the desert southwest, and jetting to Scotland to golf with impressionable politicians.
Fresh: Gibney is a busy boy, and he draws the lines between Abramoff and his friends -- and his friends' friends -- with the documentary equivalent of a highlighter.
Fresh: That the film is overlong ultimately testifies to its importance, though after a while, the outrageous details start to run together like surreal satire. Except, of course, that it's all true.
Revealing and Sad but True
The story of corruption, Tom Delay's money machine and why Texas has no casinos!
Stick to documenting
A good documentary, but the conclusions of the last 10 minutes (with the exception of the female reporter) are poor. To suggest that what Abramoff wanted and achieved are the free markets is absurd. Free markets imply that power is distributed based on worth and that the government is only there to bring the hammer down on those that break basic civil liberties. In this case power was concentrated with the corrupt/inane and the hammer was wielded at times by those buying it from the same corrupt/inane folks elected by the people. If anyone watches this and honestly believes that corruption lies within 1 side of government, they need to reconsider.
3 of the 4 trailers are for the movie "Casino Jack" a dramatization of the Abramoff story staring Kevin Spacey, which doesn't show up on itunes. Not the documentary "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" so can we get Casino Jack, too?