The Laundromat (film)
The Laundromat is a 2019 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh, with a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns. It stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, David Schwimmer, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Cromwell, and Sharon Stone.
Official promotional poster
|Directed by||Steven Soderbergh|
|Screenplay by||Scott Z. Burns|
|Based on||Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite|
by Jake Bernstein
|Music by||David Holmes|
|Cinematography||Steven Soderbergh (as Peter Andrews)|
|Edited by||Steven Soderbergh (as Mary Ann Bernard)|
The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2019. It was released theatrically on September 27, 2019, before being released for digital streaming on October 18, 2019, by Netflix. The film has received mixed reviews from critics.
The film follows Ellen Martin (Streep), whose dream vacation takes a wrong turn and leads her down a rabbit hole of shady dealings that can all be traced to one Panama City law firm, run by seductive partners Jürgen Mossack (Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Banderas). She soon learns that her minor predicament is only a drop in the bucket of millions of files linking an off-shore tax scheme to the world's richest and most powerful political leaders.
- Meryl Streep as Ellen Martin
- Gary Oldman as Jürgen Mossack
- Antonio Banderas as Ramón Fonseca
- Sharon Stone as Hannah
- David Schwimmer as Matthew Quirk
- Matthias Schoenaerts as Maywood
- Jeffrey Wright as Malchus Irvin Boncamper
- Will Forte as Doomed Gringo #1
- Chris Parnell as Doomed Gringo #2
- James Cromwell as Joseph David “Joe” Martin
- Melissa Rauch as Melanie
- Larry Wilmore as Jeff
- Robert Patrick as Captain Perry
- Rosalind Chao as Gu Kailai
- Nikki Amuka-Bird as Miranda
- Nonso Anozie as Charles
- Amy Pemberton as Fetching
- Cristela Alonzo as Agent Kilmer
- Jay Paulson as Pastor Conners
- Charles Halford
- Shoshana Bush as Rebecca Rubinstein
- Norbert Weisser as Swiss Skier
- Marsha Stephanie Blake as Vincelle Boncamper
- Veronica Osorio as Maria
In July 2016, it was announced that Steven Soderbergh was set to produce a then-untitled Panama Papers project. Later, in April 2018, it was announced that Soderbergh would also direct the film, now titled The Laundromat. Scott Z. Burns wrote the screenplay and production was set to commence in the fall of 2018. In May 2018, it was reported that Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas were in talks to star in the film with Netflix interested in acquiring the distribution rights. Soderbergh affirmed Netflix would likely be the film's distributor in July. In October, Netflix was confirmed to be releasing the movie, with David Schwimmer and Will Forte added to the cast. That same month, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Parnell, James Cromwell, Melissa Rauch, Larry Wilmore and Robert Patrick joined the cast of the film.
It had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2019. It will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and the San Sebastián International Film Festival in September 2019. It is scheduled to be released on September 27, 2019, before digital streaming on October 18, 2019.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval of 45% based on 101 reviews, with a weighted average of 5.62/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "The Laundromat misuses its incredible cast by taking a disappointingly blunt and unfocused approach to dramatizing the real-life events that inspired it." On Metacritic, the film holds a weighted average score of 58 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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