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HBO Dramatizes the 2008 Financial Crisis And Its Aftermath in 'Too Big to Fail' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 24th 2011 6:14AM
'Too Big to Fail'It was perhaps a project too ambitious to succeed flawlessly, but HBO nevertheless undertook a movie adaptation of 'Too Big to Fail' (Mon., 8PM ET on HBO). It's the story of the 2008 financial crisis that led to the economic downturn that most Americans are still trying to crawl out from under.

That it was a situation so complex, most of us still don't fully understand what happened made it even more daunting for a dramatic interpretation.

Then add to that the fact that the drama mostly happened in board rooms or government facilities where men and women in suits talked, and it's not the kind of thing you imagine appealing to the widest audience.

But it is an important story, and HBO did an admirable job of keeping it as straightforward as possible. That said, it's not a film one should probably be watching while folding the laundry or making dinner. This demands your full attention, and then again why not?

This is the story of our recent history, and shouldn't we know and understand as much of it as we possibly can. After all, there's that old saying: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." That's not something anybody wants.

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Can't believe people want to watch this for entertainment after we had to live through it!

May 24 2011 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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