One of the better documentary films to come out in 2010 was “Casino Jack and The United States of Money”. The movie documented the rise and fall of disgraced super lobbyist Jack Abramoff. 2011 brings us “Casino Jack” the fictionalized tale of the rise and fall of super lobbyist Jack Abramoff played by Kevin Spacey.
The movie is largely one long flashback as Abramoff tell his tale to his new cellmates. He explains to them what a “super lobbyist” does and goes on to tell how easily he bought off members of the Bush Administration and how he scammed large amounts of money from Native American Indians who were looking to open a casino.
There is a sad note to this movie as it was the last movie from director George Hickenlooper who is known for directing such movies as “Factory Girl” and “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse”. He was scheduled to attend a screening of “Casino Jack” at the 25th Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, but passed away before he could. Most in attendance thought the film was just average to maybe a bit more so.