In Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, documentarian Alex Gibney focuses on the gap between rich and poor by examining New York’s Park Avenue, home to America’s highest concentration of billionaires. Meanwhile, down the same street, South Bronx is the poorest congressional district in the U.S. This is an amazing documentary that sheds light on the reality of American politics and the startling things that the rich will do to maintain their wealth, and how the political system has given in to the rich to the detriment of American society. This documentary clearly demonstrates with evidence that the rich have manipulated government, and are sending our society into a downward spiral. The documentary goes deeper to explain what is so obvious, which is how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The facts and evidence can easily be researched with a few clicks online. This film will enlighten you about the inner working of American politics, and how extremely wealthy are manipulating the system, if you don’t realize it already. Our government is being bought off by the ultra-wealthy. The disparity between rich and poor is at an all-time high, and opportunity for social mobility in the US is at an all-time low. This film clearly shows how we are being bought and paid for, as a workforce for the ultra-rich. It’s unfortunate to see how so few can affect the lives of many. I just wish people truly understood how inequality in wealth distribution is destroying our country. I resent it when people enrich themselves at the expense of others. The film equally exposes both the hypocrisy in the Democrat party and the anti-government right wing extremism of Republicans. Our government has simply sold out. I approve of any film that makes Senator Paul Ryan of Wisconsin look like the idiot he is. Very powerful documentary, hopefully it’s an eye-opener for the people bulldozed by the rich (which is the majority of us). This is a great film that really exposes exactly what is going on in this country, and explains why we cannot seem to make the social progress that nearly every other wealthy industrialized nation has. Large corporations and ultra-rich now own our political system. This film does a fine job of showing how it is happening. It paints a frightening picture… one we all owe it to ourselves and our children to watch. If you love America, and feel there is something wrong but you’re not sure what, watch this well-done documentary that should serve as a call to action for all of us who care about more than wealth and want to make this country fairer again for all its people, who believe that decency, working together, respecting each other, is what it’s all about — to feel they are building something, a country, not just their own bank-role. This is the first movie I’ve ever given the time to write a review. All I can say is I wish everyone in America would take the time to watch this movie and consider the alternatives to a failed system. This review is not coming from some poor radical living on welfare, this is coming from a lawyer of 27 years that is fully aware of the machine at work. Watch the documentary and learn. Should be required viewing for all high schools. Fascinating and frightening. Watch it. I liked it. Documentary 2012 NR 1hr 10m.
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