CASINO JACK and the United States of Money

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CASINO JACK and the United States of Money

Review Summary Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Jack Abramoff could sweet-talk a dog off a meat truck.” Those words, voiced by Neil Volz, a disgraced former associate of the notorious Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, offer the most pungent description of this charismatic, corrupt wheeler-dealer to be found in Alex Gibney’s documentary “Casino Jack and the United States of Money.” Mr. Abramoff, who in January 2006 pleaded guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials, is now serving the final months of a four-year prison term. The documentary is not to be confused with a forthcoming feature film about Mr. Abramoff, also called “Casino Jack,” starring Kevin Spacey, an actor with a special talent for playing shifty-eyed, double-dealing reptiles. As seen in vintage footage, Mr. Abramoff is less a snake than an avaricious gung-ho jock with a messianic sense of mission. A liability of “Casino Jack” is the relative absence of its subject. — Stephen Holden, The New York Times