Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014)

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For three weeks in September 2008, one person was charged with preventing the collapse of the global economy. No one understood financial markets better than Hank Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs. Yet Paulson wasn't quite the pinstriped banker he appeared to be. A devout Christian Scientist with left-leaning politics, he'd refused two previous offers to be Secretary of the Treasury before finally accepting. In Hank: Five Years From the Brink, Paulson tells Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost, Some Kind of Monster) the complete story of how he persuaded banks, Congress, and presidential candidates to sign off on a nearly $1 trillion rescue package for the U.S. financial system during a time of unimaginable pressure and economic uncertainty.(c) Official Site

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A denial of personal responsibility and inadequate regulations: Isn't that what led us to the brink in the first place?

Mar 6, 2014 | Rating: 2/4

This is not a film that will be remembered for its high drama, but it wouldn't be surprising to see it studied in future years by scholars trying to gain perspective on a calamity that almost brought the world to itsknees.

Feb 20, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

For all of Paulson's intelligent calm in front of the camera, he is telling an American horror story of massive proportions.

Feb 13, 2014 | Full Review…

This highly sympathetic documentary profile of Paulson is slightly redundant, but it's also more factualized and instructive in its financial detail.

Feb 13, 2014 | Full Review…

The documentary's greatest strength is its ability to humanize Paulson.

Feb 6, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's informative but not enlightening, and Mr. Berlinger packs in chattering news clips and a score that's audible under the interview.

Jan 30, 2014 | Full Review…

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