Response to "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" Film Review by Nicky

Response to "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"
A review and response to the documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room", directed by Alex Gibney.
# 144866 | 957 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 13, 2010 in Business (Management) , Film (Documentary) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Ethics (General)

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The paper describes the documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" as a work of bitterly humorous entertainment as much as it is informative. The paper outlines the contents of this film and emphasizes the greed and arrogance of the company executives. The writer is of the view that newspapers and documentaries like "The Smartest Guys in the Room" enforce checks upon the financial system and are just as vital to our nation's future financial health as is more government regulation of speculation in the financial markets.

From the Paper:

"The example of Enron, chronicled in the film "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" (2005) seems to be prescient of the kind of corporate arrogance we are seeing in America today, that has precipitated yet another, even worse financial crisis. Like today's real estate and credit crisis, the Enron debacle was based upon a betrayal of trust. The corrupt actions of corporate executives brought down a company and millions of jobs in the process. Their financial shenanigans affected people who did not even work for or invest in Enron, like most of the population of California, and utility workers whose pensions were depleted after the company acquired and then pillaged these firms. Enron, according to the film, was never really a 'company' at all, but a kind of giant Pyramid scheme. The 'victims' were the employees who saw their retirement funds decimated as well as stockholders in the company, some of whom lost everything because the company lied about its profitability through the use of accounting 'tricks.'"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room." Directed by Alex Gibney. 2005.

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