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The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 18 March 2019 (USA)
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The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and the massive fraud that collapsed the company.


Alex Gibney


Alex Gibney
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Gibney ... Self - Interviewer (voice)
Elizabeth Holmes ... Self - CEO and Founder of Theranos (archive footage)
Dan Ariely ... Self - Behavioral Economist
Roger Parloff ... Self - Fortune
Ken Auletta ... Self - The New Yorker
Erika Cheung ... Self - Lab Associate
Cheryl Gafner ... Self - Receptionist
Dave Philippides ... Self (as Dave Philippide)
Douglas Matje ... Self - Biochemist
Ryan Wistort ... Self - Research & Development
Tony Nugent ... Self - Vice President, Product Development
Phyllis Gardner ... Self - Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Channing Robertson ... Self - Theranos Advisor
Don Lucas ... Self - Investor
Tim Draper ... Self - Investor


The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and the massive fraud that collapsed the company.

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The film's producer met with Elizabeth Holmes early in development, before criminal charges were filed, to determine whether she could be interviewed for the film. Ultimately the director decided he wanted to portray how Holmes carefully crafted Theranos and her own image to be seen by the public, up until the story unraveled. Accordingly, aside from brief footage from her deposition, all footage of Holmes seen in the film is from archival material from before she was charged, most of it her own commissioned promotional video for Theranos. Alex Gibney remarked "She made the documentary she wanted me to invest in and I used it to a different purpose." See more »


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Written by M.C. Hammer (as Stanley Kirk Burrell), Rick James & Alonzo Miller
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She did blink, once!
20 March 2019 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

For those who have been unable to read the book Bad Blood about Theranos, this HBO documentary can help get you up to date on how the unimaginable happened. It's also easier to understand and remember the the events and people visually.

Visually this is a pretty clear and thorough depiction of the events. Clever blending of her walking around the office. It's nice to see the whistleblowers Tyler and Erika. And on the flip side Sunny Balwani the guy who helped sell the con.

Some faults. There are a few slower moments that could have been edited out. Some of the people who gave interviews were not that interesting. A lot of laughing by the interviewees. Too many shots of her scary stare, but she did blink once!

Looking forward to the movie with Jennifer Lawrence. It's good to watch this documentary before the movie comes out because movies can be confusing and it can be tough to figure out who is who.

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18 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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