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The Man Who Broke Britain (2004)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  9 December 2004 (UK)
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A devastating terrorist strike wipes out much of Saudi Arabia's oil production; the same day a trader of Saudi origin disappears from UK investment bank Sun First Credit (SFCB). Managers ... See full summary »


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Nasreen Hasan


A devastating terrorist strike wipes out much of Saudi Arabia's oil production; the same day a trader of Saudi origin disappears from UK investment bank Sun First Credit (SFCB). Managers soon discover the missing trader, Samir Badr, has built up crippling debts, multiplied a hundred fold by the attacks in Saudi. SFCB, once the toast of the city, is suddenly heading for bankruptcy, taking a whole raft of other banks down with it. The resulting market crash and banking crisis will push Britain and the US into a 21st Century recession: pension funds are slashed, unemployment soars and the housing market collapses. Following the discovery that Badr has committed suicide, a new Al-Qa'eda tape surfaces, in which Bin Laden appears to claim responsibility for the financial turmoil. Suspicion grows that Badr was an Islamic extremist who deliberately sabotaged the bank. As the authorities and the media launch a massive investigation into the apparent Al-Qaeda assault on the pillars of the ... Written by Anonymous

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Better than the follow-up
21 February 2007 | by (Bangkok) – See all my reviews

The Man Who Broke Britain is a mockumentary by the team that went on to achieve notoriety with the 2006 movie Death of a President.

It shares a number of stylistic tropes with the later movie: setting in the very near future; little-known actors as talking heads, playing participants in the crisis; clever use of news footage, with occasional unobtrusive effects work; several twists to wrongfoot us, and expose our prejudices.

However, I found it more effective than DoaP. The assassination of POTUS, or the threat thereof, is a concept that has been done to death (sorry) in drama and fiction for decades, especially since the death of Kennedy. The Man Who Broke Britain, however, takes a less trodden path, exposing a major threat to the stability of what we like to think of as civilisation. Not terrorism (although that plays its part); not environmental meltdown; but that a small number of highly-paid gamblers in the derivatives market have the potential to screw up and bring down banks, businesses, pension funds, governments, not just in Britain, but across the world.

We all have a mental picture of what might happen if the President takes a bullet: The Man Who Broke Britain reminds us that there are some things bigger than the President. And it doesn't even need a bullet to destroy them.

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