Assault on Wall Street glorifies the revenge killing of Wall Street big wigs by a seemingly decent man who lost everything, including his wife, due to the manipulation and fraud of those he gunned down.
Combat veteran and armored car driver, Jim Baxford reaches a hefty body count for this sort of thing. He's got nothing on the last three presidents of the United States who bear responsibility for military actions leading to the deaths of several hundred thousand civilians in the Middle East and North Africa.
Baxford's actions are part of a larger social acceptance of violence as a solution to political and personal challenges. This film is not about class warfare. It narrates in detail the losses and pain that Baxford and his wife suffer, why he holds the Wall Streeters accountable, and how he gets his revenge on his own. (Image)
Written and directed by Uwe Boll and produced by Lynnpark Productions of Canada, the film offers an all-American series of horrors that fell on many ordinary citizens but rarely as hard as those horrors fell on the Baxford's.
Jim and Rosie are a thirty something couple under huge pressure. Rosie is recovering from brain cancer that responded to treatment but she needs more medical attention. Financial hardship compounded the suffering. Rosie's income was lost and things were a tight on Jim's salary as an armored car driver. Nevertheless, Jim has the money to pay for Rosie's treatment, which will secure her recovery and allow her to have the couple's first child.
We see Rosie with her doctor, receiving treatment, and taking injections. Jim is with her every step of the say.
Counter posed to this real drama, we get an inside view of a big brokerage operation on Wall Street. Jeremy Stancroft (John Heart), the firms CEO, lets his lieutenants know the score in no uncertain terms. The company is about to tank due to bad investments in derivatives, risky financial products that led to the 2008 financial collapse.
Rather than play it straight, Stancroft makes it clear that the survival of the firm is paramount, customers be damned. "Our goal is saving this house. F" all the others!" Stancroft orders his brokers to sell off the firm's bad derivatives for added bonuses. They're more than happy to comply. (Remaining images)
The losses the firm suffered from bad investments are deliberately shifted to long-term brokerage customers. Sound familiar?
That's the set up for the dialog between rapacious, sociopathic Wall Streeters plus their enablers on one side and the Boxford's on the other. Whose side are you on?
Jim finds out that his insurance won't cover the "experimental treatment" Rosie needs. No problem, he says, I've got the money in an investment account. After treatment is underway, Jim finds out that the funds are gone. He bought the bad paper from a broker who had done well for him in the past.