Hanson guides a great cast through re-enacting of the 2008 bubble burst financial collapse. The films' fly-on-the=wall nature does it great credit in bringing the story of inherent greed and government indifference into the forefront. The fact that the entire situation should have been avoidable but the red of the balance sheet was more important is a cautionary tale that already seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
I'm generally skeptical about these star-studded blow-by-blow lessons in contemporary history, and Hanson does little to revolutionize the genre. That said, the drama of the bottom falling from under Wall St. is so fascinating that it makes for good drama simply on the strength of its subject matter. Hurt is a reasonably nuanced Hank Paulson, at the center of a movie that still could have used a little more urgency.
Extremely fast paced piece that lacks some dimension due to tv restrictions but that offers an interesting yet small portrait of what this (the lack of money in our pockets) was all about. It's not master filmmaking but it is informative and extremely well acted, specially by a magnificently moving William Hurt.