The Flaw (2011)




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International award winning director David Sington (director of 'In the Shadow of the Moon') tells the story of the credit bubble which caused the financial crisis, which has brought suffering to millions. Forsaking easy explanations of greedy bankers and incompetent regulators, this film goes to the roots of the forces which caused America and the UK to be gripped by the crazy belief that everyone could be rich and property prices would rise for ever. With a cast of bankers, borrowers, brokers and some of the best economic brains in the world, the film tells a gripping story of delusion, deceit and destruction. -- (C) Dartmouth Films
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The Flaw

All Critics (10)

(The film) makes a series of points rather than an argument... Think of it as a Festivus-style airing of grievances.

Full Review… | April 30, 2012
Movie Metropolis


Full Review… | June 5, 2011

It's a lucid, gripping doc.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Shadows on the Wall

An entertaining and accessible overview of the 2008 meltdown.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Daily Express (UK)

A film that informs and outrages in equal measure.

Full Review… | June 2, 2011
Daily Mirror (UK)

For anyone who has ever wondered how so many supposedly brilliant minds brought the global economy to the brink of meltdown in 2007, David Sington's documentary is essential viewing.

Full Review… | June 2, 2011
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for The Flaw

1/25/14 Vince recommended this. Excellent doc that gives a good explanation of the economic crisis of 2008.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

THe Flaw, five stars of five. Very thorough from the layman's point of view. Excellent exposition of a compelling topic.

Ed Collins
Ed Collins

It simply retraces the breakdown of 2008 economic collapse. I wish it had more points or had more lessons to be learned from this, but it is more of a here is what happened and why kind of documentary. The subject is pretty interesting but will leave you disappointed by the result, especially when so many people saw the problem coming and nothing was done to help the problem until it came to a head. It has a decent presentation and holds the attention but perhaps it is still too close and we have already heard the story so many time and some ways. This does not bring much new to the table or shed any new light on the subject, but it works for what it is.

Russell Guest
Russell Guest

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