The Laundromat (2019) Review


Based on the Mossack Fonseca scandal, a look into insurance fraud and how far two men will go in an attempt to get away with exploiting the world’s financial system.


In all honesty I cannot really believe I have given a film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Meryl Streep, Sharon Stone and more one star but this film is truly dreadful to watch from start to finish. Nothing about it was entertaining or even interesting, the characters had absolutely nothing about them and I personally did not find it engaging because of that.

Trying to follow on from the success of The Big Short from 2015, the main issue for this one for myself was that I had no idea about this scandal? Which I guess did not help at all. Although I suppose the quick transfer from a very limited cinema release (which I almost paid extra money for) to Netflix should really help to explain that this film will not actually find much of an audience. Considering the lawyers involved in this scandal are now suing Netflix over the film might actually force more people to watch it to see what its all about?

Ellen Martin finds out that her insurance policy is actually fake when she is trying to claim money for a horrific holiday which sees her husband and many others die on a boat accident. The owners of the boat well and truly screwed over as they attempt to sort out the nightmare.

Panama City law firm looks to make the rich even richer at the expense of the poor. With Jürgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca with the offshore accounts and pretty much making themselves even richer. The pair are played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas and while the film is regarded as a drama the manner in which they appear throughout the film seems more of a comedy. Talking to the camera and going through things the pair are put in a terrible light but more so for the way they are acting rather than the horrible actions which have cost so many people money.

We get to see different people involved in something they had no idea about and this leads to a very strange affair and some scenes that I really could have done without watching. I just did not really get why we needed to see a father who was having an affair with his daughters college roommate? That could have been taken out and no difference would have been made.

As I mentioned earlier due to the director and cast I am still shocked I pretty much hated this film, as it was bland and offered nothing constructive. I would certainly make sure you avoid this one completely, although if the lawyers manage to get their own way (again) could it be taken down off Netflix soon? It won’t be a miss if they have to do just that I can therefore confirm! Will be curious if anyone has liked anything about this one?

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