Heist: Who Stole The American Dream (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Heist: Who Stole The American Dream
Ultimately reframing the advancement of free market ideology of the last four decades as class warfare against the have-nots, the documentary manages to widen its scope without losing its narrative thread.
Though myriad aspects of its story have already been probed in greater depth elsewhere, Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher's Heist is well timed as a one-stop summary of reasons for ordinary Americans to be furious at our financial systems.
[It] has the virtue of taking the long view of a crisis that recent films like "Inside Job" and "Too Big to Fail" have only sketchily explored. It makes a strong case that government regulation of business is essential for democracy to flourish.
Like its title, Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? purports to ask a question but is only interested in forwarding its predictable agitprop answer.
Heist is a cinematic gut punch, to be sure, but not one entirely devoid of hope.
Audience Reviews for Heist: Who Stole The American Dream
I saw this at the Cleveland International Film Fest 2012. There are interesting graphics and historical clips, photos and documents to clearly show the economic deregulation that has led to the recent financial crisis. The movie was completed before the Occupy Wall Street movement really began. These protests will surely come to viewers' minds. This doc is likely to rile up emotions.
Wanna know why so many people are sleeping in doorways? Wanna know why 10 million folks have had their houses foreclosed this year? Wanna know why your nest egg is not worth even half of what it was four years ago when the US Mint started its printing orgy? Take a look at HEIST. Everything you ever wanted to know about your government-sponsored rip off is there frame by frame.
Finally, an easy to understand documentary that tells the truth about the economy. I love that both sides of the political aisle are equally criticized.
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