Almost from the moment the economy collapsed during the 2008 presidential campaign, there has been a war to control the narrative of what led to the disaster – nearly a catastrophe – that almost brought down the nation’s (and the world’s) economy.
One of the earliest was Charles Ferguson’s Oscar-winning “Inside Job” and there have been others – documentaries and dramatizations such as “Too Big to Fail” – that have tried to explain what actually happened.
Now, five years after the fact, we get “Hank: Five Years from the Brink,” in which former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson gives us a play-by-play of how he and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Federal Reserve chairman Timothy Geithner, kept everything from collapsing while alternately massaging and challenging the various egos that ran the nation’s largest banks.
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger keeps it simple:
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