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

Directed by Alex Gibney

This documentary focuses on the rise and fall of Theranos, a company founded by Elizabeth Holmes. 

The documentary takes a look at rise and Fall of the company Theranos, founded by Elizabeth Holmes. She was named by Forbes as the youngest self-made billionaire at the time. What her company wanted was to be able to do blood test with little amounts of bloods and still be effective in finding diseases early and effectively. She was able to deceive people into thinking that the machine the company used to sample the blood could effectively analyze many samples. She also had a contract with the military claiming the effectiveness of the technology but that also fell as a fraud. 

The documentary itself was interesting. I thought the more interesting parts of the film were the ones that looked into Elizabeth Holmes life. I think it only covered the surface and did not go into how people were affected or the aftermath for Elizabeth after a journalist first received a tip about Theranos. The journalist then contacts two former employees that decide to help them out and expose the fraud. 

Like I have said before, I like documentaries a lot, but this one failed to really grab my attention and it had nothing to do with subject of the fraud, maybe it was the way it was presented. I think they could have gone deeper and shown more angles. 

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