Chasing Madoff

2011

Chasing Madoff

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Chasing Madoff admirably highlights Harry Markopolos' perilous crusade against one of history's biggest frauds, but the documentary's disinterest in Madoff himself makes it feel like only half the story.

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Chasing Madoff is the compelling story of Harry Markopolos and his team of investigator's ten-year struggle to expose the harrowing truth behind the infamous Madoff scandal. Throughout the decade long investigation, Markopolos pieced together a chain of white-collar predators consisting of bankers, lieutenants, and henchmen, all linked to the devastating Ponzi scheme. With risk and danger apparent, Markopolos and his loyal team relentlessly continued to pursue the frightening truth. Finding himself trapped in a web of epic deceit, the once unassuming Boston securities analyst turned vigilante investigator now feared for his life and the safety of his family, as he discovered no one would listen. -- (C) Official Site

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  • Aug 11, 2013
    "Chasing Madoff" is an insightful documentary, in more ways than one, about Harry Markopolos, a portfolio manager, who along with a couple of colleagues and an intrepid reporter, was the first one to notice that Bernard Madoff was not only up to no good, but was also in fact running a giant Ponzi scheme. Sadly, nobody else was listening, not most publications or most importantly, the SEC. In this case, the devil really was in the details, as Harry could tell by the returns that Madoff was sending out that they were fraudulent since nobody consistently gains like that in the stock market, as the documentary also smartly compares Wall Street to the horse track without the watered down beer. However, too much of the documentary is left to empty style in going in circles around Harry's paranoia. But don't laugh, as at the time, Madoff was a very powerful man who may have been getting money also from organized crime. Still, no matter how much time is spent talking about him, Madoff remains a shadowy figure. I mean if a Ponzi scheme is a house of cards that would eventually crumble underneath its own weight, what was Madoff's planned endgame? In the end, it would not be Harry who would bring him down but every other greedy bastard on Wall Street with the financial crisis in 2008. In any case, the role of the whistleblower could not be any clearer in society, especially when the system fails as it did here. Pay no attention to them at your own risk.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2011
    This documentary on the 2008 Bernard Madoff investment scandal came across as a self-promotion for the elaborate Ponzi scheme whistleblowers since it never fully features Madoff himself but primarily on one, understandably yet tiresome, crazed individual. While the producers tried making it engaging by employing various camera techniques or reenactment segments, it felt contrived. Editing was a huge issue as it took some time before it finally settled on a thread of thought to focus on. Despite the calamitous subject matter, "Chasing Madoff" never ran the hard enough the full extent.
    Chihoe H Super Reviewer

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