“The Laundromat” shows it’s still a dirty world at the top

The Laundromat, like its spiritual precursor The Big Short, is an incredibly relevant film given the current economic climate and growing disparity between the haves and have-nots.

The film tackles the 2015 Panama Papers leak which exposed the many ways that wealthy individuals, celebrities and politicians were gaming the system in order to avoid taxes and funnel their money into secret accounts.

The film is told through the eyes of the fictional Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) who launches a private investigation following the death of her husband.

At the same time, a running narration is provided by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas as real-life lawyers Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca who were key players in the scandal.

If The Big Short revealed how a few individuals were able to profit off the destruction of millions in the 2008 Great Recession, The Laundromat shows how little has changed since then.


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