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Based on a TRUE STORY
on February 3, 2005
What makes this movie so interesting is that it is based on a TRUE story. The story line stays close to the actual court transcripts, and as the story unfolds there are frequent scene cuts back to the courtroom testimony.
Joe Hunt was the "nerd" kid who went to a prestigious school on a scholarship. He was a smart kid, and on the debate team, but no one paid much attention to him back then. When he returned to town a few years later, he contacted some of his old classmates, who were all from wealthy families. They discussed how when your parents are highly successful, it is difficult or impossible to live up to your parents' expectations. Joe Hunt convinced these former classmates that they should "start at the top." Join his organization called the BBC.
This newly formed organization was involved in various business ventures, but primarily commodities trading, attracting investors with a new invention they bought the rights to, and importing gray market vehicles. This BBC was both a business venture and a classy social club. Joe Hunt convinced his new business partners to invest their personal money in the BBC too, presumably for the commodities market, but actually Joe Hunt used the money to cover other business expenses of the BBC.
Joe Hunt promoted his "paradox philosophy," which is basically that it is okay to tell lies if it helps advance your position. It follows that Joe Hunt was severely lacking in any business ethics. When the BBC started to run out of money, a plan was hatched to extort money from someone, and then kill him. This was done, and then Joe Hunt called to staff meeting to say, "We bumped off Levin, and if anyone goes to the police, you will be dead too." This was a strange way to resolve corporate debt.
This put his peers into a moral dilemma. Some had already become disenchanted with the charismatic Joe Hunt. Others were strong supporters. Eventually, a couple of guys went to the police, but the police were slow to react without any evidence. Joe Hunt found out someone had been talking to the police, and declares war on those BBC members who had betrayed him.
You will have to watch the movie to see how this turns out. Again, the amazing thing is that this is a true story. Truth is stranger than fiction.