God bless Steven Soderbergh, the patron saint of cinema. He’s one of the few still delivering top-tier movies, where the focus is character and plot – not super powers and spandex. It looks like Soderbergh is going to deliver again with The Laundromat, a film which appears to pack a wonderfully spicy wallop.
Set around the true-life story of the money laundering in the Panama Papers, The Laundromat stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas and Sharon Stone and while the trailer plays on the fizzy heist shenanigans of the Ocean’s movies, I get the impression there’s much more to proceedings than that.
When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin (Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world’s wealthiest citizens amass even larger fortunes. The charming — and very well-dressed — founding partners Jürgen Mossack (Academy Award winner Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Golden Globe nominee Antonio Banderas) are experts in the seductive ways shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich and powerful prosper. They are about to show us that Ellen’s predicament only hints at the tax evasion, bribery and other illicit absurdities that the super wealthy indulge in to support the world’s corrupt financial system.
The Laundromat hits select UK cinemas on 27 September and then drops on Netflix 18 October.