Foul Play: Alex Gibney's "Casino Jack and the United States of Money"

By robbiefreeling | REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog May 6, 2010 at 8:07AM

The thesis of the new documentary from Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) should be clear from its title. Casino Jack and the United States of Money bills itself as a “story of what our democracy has become,” a sobering examination of the corrosive influence of money on American politics. Coming so soon after the controversial January 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, which overturned a key provision of the McCain-Feingold act prohibiting corporate support of political broadcasts, Gibney’s film couldn’t be more timely. But Casino Jack proves more adept at diagnosing and describing a problem than it does at scrutinizing its origins or recommending coherent solutions. Read Chris Wisniewski's review of Casino Jack and the United States of Money.
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The thesis of the new documentary from Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) should be clear from its title. Casino Jack and the United States of Money bills itself as a “story of what our democracy has become,” a sobering examination of the corrosive influence of money on American politics. Coming so soon after the controversial January 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, which overturned a key provision of the McCain-Feingold act prohibiting corporate support of political broadcasts, Gibney’s film couldn’t be more timely. But Casino Jack proves more adept at diagnosing and describing a problem than it does at scrutinizing its origins or recommending coherent solutions. Read Chris Wisniewski's review of Casino Jack and the United States of Money.