Films about Corruption – Films with themes surrounding corruption are always interesting to watch. Especially when revealing the ‘mastermind’ behind the case. Apart from presenting a storyline full of enigmas, films about corruption can also be a lesson in itself to find out the motives of the perpetrators. Summarized from various sources, here are several recommendations for films about corruption that you can watch via legal streaming services.
Films about Corruption Recommendation
1. The Trial of The Chicago 7 (2020)
The Trial of the Chicago 7, directed by Aaron Sorkin, inspired by the true story of the trial process of 8 anti-Vietnam War activists from 3 different groups with the nickname Chicago 7. In 1968, the Chicago 7 organized a peaceful demonstration ahead of the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago. The members of this team are Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne). Then David Dellinger (John Carroll Lynch), Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong), John Froines (Daniel Flaherty, and Lee Weiner (Noah Robbins).
The peaceful demonstration ended in chaos and a year later they were tried on suspicion of inciting riots. However, the behavior of the police also under suspicion because it suspected that there is an element of ‘playing behind’.
2. Black Money (2019)
The next recommended film about corruption is Black Money from South Korea, directed by Ji Yeong Jeong. Yang Min Hyeok (Cho Jin Woong) told as a prosecutor who is experiencing a complicated situation because the suspect in his case committed suicide. The suspect a fictitious bank employee who was involved in a major corruption case and had an important role. However, he deliberately committed suicide with the motive of a collision.
On the other hand, Min Hyeok doesn’t want his reputation to tarnished, so he thoroughly investigates the chain of corruption cases that rooted in the South Korean government elite.
3. The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
From Indonesian cinema there is The Raid 2: Berandal by director Gareth Evans, starring the famous action actor Iko Uwais. This film tells the story of Rama (Iko Uwais) who asked by Bunawar (Cok Simbara) to join a special agent so he can infiltrate Bangun’s (Tio Pakusadewo) group.
Bunawar’s goal was to ask Rama to collect evidence regarding illegal collaboration between the Bangun team and corrupt members of the police. Even though he had rejected Bunawar’s offer, Rama began to agree because he also wanted to take revenge.
4. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Directed by Martin Scorsese, this film adapted based on the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo Dicaprio), a Wall Street stockbroker. Apart from being an illegal stockbroker for the L.F. Rothschild company, Jordan has a selfish personality because he always thinks about himself in order to make a profit, even through cunning methods.
No half-hearted, he involved in a major corruption case because for him as long as it was profitable. Apart from that, this film tells a series of Jordan’s criminal cases related to money laundering, including his affair with Naomi Lapaglia (Margot Robbie).
5. Serpico (1973)
Serpico, directed by Sidney Lumet, is an old film about the true story of an honest police officer in New York who persisted in not committing corruption. This recommended film about corruption focuses on the figure of Serpico (Al Panico), who is the most honest police officer among the other police officers where he works.
Serpico is often hated for no reason by his colleagues simply because he too honest and is considered a hypocrite. Furious with this attitude, Serpico began to develop a strategy to uncover all the corruption scandals involving his police friends.