Big Men

Big Men

By Rachel Boynton

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2014-03-14
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 40min
  • Director: Rachel Boynton
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  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
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6.4
From 8 Ratings

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Executive produced by Brad Pitt, Big Men follows what happens when a Texas oil firm makes an enormous discovery off West Africa’s coast. Gaining unprecedented access to reveal big business in oil, it took six years to make and takes viewers around the world, from inside Wall Street boardrooms to the jungle camp of a Nigerian militant group. Director Rachel Boynton has an incredible ability to go behind closed doors; her access is critical when Kosmos Energy makes its enormous discovery. Christened the Jubilee Field, this massive undersea deposit had the potential to return a staggering $2. 2 billion to investors. Big Men is a story told from the inside, as it happens, not reconstructed once the dust settles. Called “a real-life Chinatown or There Will Be Blood” by Variety critic Scott Foundas, this extraordinary film poses fundamental questions about what motivates us all: Is unbridled greed an intrinsic part of human nature? And can what unites us ever be greater than what divides us?

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  • Predictable But the Details Are Interesting

    SeattleMoose
    3
    What happens when western oil men smell an opportunity off West Africa? Predictably, exactly what you would guess. But watching it go down is worth a rental. Especially since the story is true.
  • Excellent exploration of human nature.

    ADRBU
    5
    For ventures to succeed, people involved need to behave brotherly as team members for the common good. Yet, when success does happen, which was what all intended, self-interests emerge, and ruptures crack throughout. How to preempt and manage this dynamic in business has to be the master of all business skills.
  • What motivates people?

    Ronbo13
    3
    The blurb talks about greed and motivations. Money is not the only current though. Sometimes it's greed for self aggrandizement and greed for the power to bully other people. Which is sometimes how these kinds of documentaries seem to get sold to us.
  • Inside Little/Big Oil

    Novarockhound
    5
    Fascinating look at the journey of one small oil company in Dallas and the strike it rich of a life time find of oil in offshore Ghana. The documentaries producers let you decide who are the hereos and villans and its a thriller to see if global financial collapses and presidential changes in Ghana allow the well to go into production. Very absorbing film making.
  • Interesting, thought provoking

    Prettyfuzzybunny
    4
    What you realize once you get into this film at least 30-40 min; is that every side thinks that they are right. There are many sides. You see the story slowly unfold over six years. Even though the deal gets made in the end, it does not end how you want it to. No one seems to get exactly what they want and in the end, but there is billions to be made, so greed is King. It runs slow and the people interviewed seem to choose their words carefully, too carefully, But a great point on greed and power in the world at work in countries where poverty is overwhelming. The Big money companies come in and do the work to cultivate natural resources, Then the governments of these places, get excited when a resource is found and ruin the whole thing with greed and corruption. So they use the people as pawns to fight for more money for the corrupt officials. How could it be welcomed when people see no benefit or change... just get lied to about a better life. It just makes the people crazy to watch the foreign companies and their own governments getting richer, while the people of these poor countries get nothing but injustice and live mostly in poverty while their governments feast off the bounty.
  • Good Movie

    Shortreviews23
    4
    Good movie!
  • Stupid, fake, boring, wast of time!

    mEtApHoRiK
    1
    Somewhere there must be a dozen or so people laughing about their fake reviews while they're in line at the bank waiting to cash their checks. This is the worst documentary that I've ever seen and I usually like documentaries. The drivel between actual points makes this film painful to watch not just because of the wasted time but also because the few points that are made are so unimportant that you feel cheated by sitting through the non-points you just watched to get to them. This movie seems like a scam after reading the reviews. I have come to expect nonsense reviews from the dopey tomato guys but the 5 star reviews of the "public" tricked me into wasting my time and my money and my patience! I've taken notes regarding these bogus reviews and I will never trust another review by any of the previous reviewers. Skip this one and don't get ripped off like I did!
  • Brilliant

    Krishurd88
    5
    The title says it all! Rachel Boynton has captured the complex struggle and strive for power driven by what is inherent in the oil industry on all levels. She also did a great job in capturing the raw backstory of those affected that mainstream media will never touch! Great applause for this work!
  • Big Men

    JSFried
    5
    This is a stunning film about significant issues: the environment, colonialism and its vestiges, capitalism, and terrorism. The footage is compelling, the interviews are fascinating, and the editing is impressive. Rachel Boynton is a superb director. "Big Men" is riveting throughout. I strongly recommend it.
  • Patient and non judgmental

    Otoole007
    5
    To be a little cliched, it plays like a thriller. Years in the making, it features Incredible insider footage, from day one of the oil project, and a cast of fascinating characters. An interesting study of major powers, corrupt governments and how big players measure personal success and failure.

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