Whatever happened to Steven Soderberg’s self-proclaimed ‘retirement’ from big screen filmmaking? We’re not complaining. Flops, Logan Lucky and Unsane have headed up a welcome return nevertheless.
Ramón Fonseca Mora (Antonio Banderas) and Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman) are partners in a Panama City-based law firm that specializes in all kinds of not-quite-legal tricks designed to launder the fortunes of the very rich. They represent the entitled and the greedy, buy what they need and do what they want, without a thought for the consequences. The consequences as ever are borne by ordinary people - Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) is a grandmother whose attempts to do apparently straightforward things like settle an insurance claim and buy a new condo are ensnared in complicated schemes that defy simple comprehension.
With each segment, a comic tone makes way for something more sober as Soderbergh reveals the bigger picture. All of the stories illustrate something unique about the shadowy string-pulling that makes the world go round, and it’s sinister stuff.
In true Soderberg fashion it’s a little smug and self-satisfied, but if you got a kick out of The Big Short, this is a must. (research Jack Whiting) There is no end to the con in the streaming of the gullible.