Our government has been corrupt for centuries. It’s not unique to our country, but it has never been inflated to the level we’ve seen it at this point. The buying of legislation and politicans makes the days of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall look like a backroom card game. Today, we’ve seen the cost of real gambling as lobbylists place bets for CEOs that are covered by taxpayers. You can’t nail down a single person for the crash of our economy, but you can examine the iconic figure of lobbyist Jack Abramoff who showed the lengths lobbying could go in taking power away from the American people.
Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side) latest film Casino Jack & The United States of Money examines the larger-than-life tale of Abramoff’s graft and the politicians who participated his schemes. Judging from the trailer, it looks like a fun and fascinating movie and I can’t wait to see it.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the official synopsis. Jack & The United States of Money hits theaters on May 7th.
High rollers in Indian casinos, hookers in Saipan, a murdered Greek tycoon, Cold War spy novels, plush trips to paradise… and the United States Congress. These are among the intriguing clues that add up to the epic mystery behind one of the greatest attempted heists in American history.
It’s a twisting tale in which a small group of charming con men use the power of the purse, the zealotry of religion and bare-knuckled political brawling to loot the American government for fun, ideals and profit. It’s about ambitious young men who wanted to change the world, the politicians who needed their money, the corporations and gambling-rich tribes who desired their influence — and how millions were extorted and the foundations of our democracy imperiled in the toxic mix of power and cash.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to The Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) comes the outrageous inside story of CASINO JACK And The United States Of Money. Revealing our broken system of lobbying and campaign finance, the film is a true American comedy…but the joke is alarmingly on us.