Casino Jack and the United States of Money
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elected and the millions of dollars it costs may be undermining the basic principles of American democracy. Infuriating, yet undeniably eye-opening and entertaining, CASINO JACK is a saga of greed and corruption with a cynical villain audiences will love to hate.
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There are so many politicians who were taking dirty money from Jack, and giving it to him as well. This film could have been a C-Spannish ten hours. Instead it just sticks to the basics of Abramoff and his Tom DeLay connections. That DeLay can sit in interviews for this film and smile while essentially saying he did little that was wrong is almost unbelievable, and the hard evidence presented throughout of his endlessly criminal behavior makes it more so. His and Abramoff's and so many other politicians' support of evil sweatshops and sex abuse in Saipan is shown clearly here, and it's ugly stuff.
Scanlon and Reed still have zero shame, apparently, though Kidan shows some in interviews. That DeLay still has no remorse for what he helped do to all those families only shows how much further Gibney could and should have taken this film. Wussup, Tommy the (laughably crappy) Dancer? So only your brand of merkun family counts? Kill and rape the rest?
Frankly, DeLay deserves his own film, and one a lot tougher than Casino Jack. As much as I enjoyed CJ, after a while it felt too breezy. But then again, who could stomach an honestly hard-eyed look at the long litany of serious crimes these criminals committed in the name of God and Country(TM)?Read more ›
Not that CASINO JACK plays the sociopathic behavior of individuals such as Abramoff, Tom DeLay and Ralph Reed for straight out laughs. Rather, its tone often gets almost as bleak as another work of its director Alex Gibney, TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE (Academy Award for Best Documentary a couple of years back). But unlike that grim gem, CASINO JACK's recount of incidents such as Abramoff lobbying partner Michael Scanlon fooling a lifeguard into fronting a money-laundering storefront is, in the sickest way, funny.
If you view CASINO JACK on D.V.D., make sure you watch the bonus selection where director Gibney talks about Jack Abramoff. It complements the feature, rounding out what made a man who could bench press 500 pounds at the height of his athletic youth into someone so beaten when the law catches up he goes down without a fight, pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials.
See CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY.
Jack Abramoff was sentenced to jail in 2006, but he is just the tip of the iceberg. The story leaves you with mouth open as sweat shops in the Mariana Islands are created, cheating Native Americans of their own gambling revenue, and using "campaign donation money" in six figure amounts to give people access to Tom Delay and George W. Bush among just a few corrupt actions.
The story also gives Abramoff's background and his goal of deregulating government. DeLay also did not like regulations because in his first business of pest control, he could no longer use DDT. Abramoff and Ralph Reed developed a relationship, both belonged to Young Republicans in college. Ralph Reed used religious fundamentalism in their mutual dealings. Two-faced to the hilt they made big money through casinos, while preaching against the evils of gambling.
Overall it is a must read and it begs the question - what can the average person do? Can we assume the people in Washington are ethical and taking democracy as serious as Mr. Smith when he went to Washington?
After seeing this you rightfully wonder who is not corrupt, and how can it be prevented if our leaders have to prostitute themselves to get campaign money to win?
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In order to preserve our Republic... Every American should see this film.... Heaven knows, fools see enough of Fox News every day!Published 20 months ago by Bill Whipp
This is a must see regardless of your party. I am a conservative but am by no means fooled. One more nail in my parties coffin. I'm finally an Independent. Read morePublished 21 months ago by R. Cook
A needed look at the unfortunate current process of lawmaking. A worthy documentary giving us an opportunity to learn important lessons.Published 23 months ago by Lisa
Simply put, this movie will make you think about how messed up our politicians are. Seriously, I don't see one single benefit of having lobbyists in our political system today. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This documentary is killer.
The story was solid and flowed effortlessly from one episode to the next. Read more