At what price ? on Netflix: what is this film with Michael Keaton post-September 11?

Available on Netflix, the drama At what price? stars Michael Keaton as Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer appointed by the US government to compensate the victims of 9/11.

What is it about ?

A look back at the career of the volunteer lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, expert in the compensation of victims such as those of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Boston Marathon attack or the terrorist shooting in Orlando .

At what price ?, a film by Sara Colangelo with Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Amy Ryan, Tate Donovan…

The price of a life

What is the value of a life? Who can decide? This is the question posed by this drama and it is above all the question to which Kenneth Feinberg – played by Michael Keaton – had to answer.

He even built his career on the issue of compensation for victims and / or families of victims during tragedies. He deals with the most traumatic cases whose losses are incalculable: Agent Orange, asbestos, the financial crisis … and tries to decide how much should be paid to the injured and the survivors.

Twenty years ago, it was Kenneth Feinberg and his colleague Camille Biros (Amy Ryan) who were called to determine the sum of money to be paid to the families of those killed or injured on September 11, 2001. Immediately, their proposal Initial settlement was challenged by Charles G. Wolf (Stanley Tucci), whose wife died in the bombings.

At what price? On netflix: what is this film with michael keaton post-september 11?

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The amount determined is not intended to compensate families for their grief or loss. This calculation is based only on the economic value of the future income of the deceased. With this embarrassing observation to the key that the family of an office worker would get less than that of a stockbroker.

Manichaeism?

Kenneth Feinberg is presented as a righteous man, not a cynic who pulls out his calculator. He has a sense of duty and volunteered for this heavy task on the sole condition of not being paid, ie two years of volunteering.

Despite his qualities, he comes up against the pain of the families of the victims with whom he does not know how to communicate. It is only thanks to the relentlessness of Charles G. Wolf that he will learn to be less rigorous and above all more empathetic.

This is where the film catches. As the 20thth tragic anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the question arises of the cinematographic legacy of this tragedy. It is clear that there are no great films that have been able to bring to the big screen a work equal to this monumental trauma.

And at what price? is no exception. The manifest will to do in sentimentalism is detrimental to the film. Fortunately, the sober performances of Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci and Amy Ryan make up (a little) for the writing and directing flaws.

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