Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – 2016

The story of Abacus might seem like a David and Goliath tale, but it goes much deeper than that. Abacus follows a small bank who suffered adverse consequences after several employees defrauded clients. The crux of the case comes down to the bank’s management staff who are accused of being a part of the fraud. The case goes to trial with the prosecution claiming that the bank is culpable for all transactions committed by their employees. It’s quite a nail-biter. Steve James has been making documentaries for a number of years, and this one blends his lengthy observational style with true crime to create a film that follows this interesting story from the very beginning of the trial to its inevitable conclusion.

A great documentary and another feather in the cap of James who proves that he is the quintessential doc director of today.

Both entertaining and informative, this film has potential to become legendary and earns…

4.5 out of 5



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