‘The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley’ Review: Alex Gibney’s Theranos Doc Fails to Draw Blood — Sundance

‘The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley’ Review: Alex Gibney’s Theranos Doc Fails to Draw Blood — Sundance
Prolific documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is fascinated by frauds, but Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is out of his league. The disgraced entrepreneur isn’t the biggest crook he’s ever profiled — she bilked investors out of a measly $900 million — but her grift depended on the one thing that Gibney doesn’t often think to include in his kitchen-sink nonfiction: emotion. While “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” is another of its director’s lucid and ruthlessly straightforward forensic analyses, the film fails to engage with many of the fascinating questions it raises along the way.

Theranos was once touted as a company that had the power to change the world. Founded in 2003, the health startup promised to make phlebotomists extinct and put vital health information into the hands of average people. This boiled down to a small (and very secretive) box-like machine called the “Edison,” named after Holmes’ favorite inventor.
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