The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley Reviews
Elizabeth made sure that employees were so scared of their monitoring and NDA's that they fear reprisals for letting the public know what was really going. That is except for 2 brave souls who took steps to confide in the Wall St Journal and the other to CMS a government regulatory agency. And between them they took a $10,000,000,000 down to less than $0. And that's where the documentary stops, and it only focused on the "less than $0" part for 5-10 min... when in fact, that story is the most exciting part. They never showed her being accountable for all her fraud and lies. Or the POV from swindled investors. Etc. So instead of being a 5* doc it settled at being a 4* doc. But that's still a compliment as the doc is very entertaining and interesting, and definitely worth a watch.
Elizabeth Holmes is the sleazy type of psycho/sociopath at whom people will near-blindly throw their money and trust. She and her cohort, "Sunny" (Ramesh Balwani), deserve their indictments, penalties, and any time they will serve.
I wish this documentary had been a 2-3 part series, as there is so much information about this woman and her lackeys that it simply could not be covered in 119 minutes. While Ms. Holmes is a real-life villain in this film, stories about the heroes (whistle-blowers) were far too brief.
While Elizabeth Holmes bamboozled so many investors and employees (even government agencies), it would be interesting to hear from WALGREENS. Why did they allow such an unproven "system" into their popular stores - putting people at serious risk?
Methinks the motive was more financial than altruistic...as with so many of Ms. Holmes "blind" investors and evangelists, including many feminists and tech worshippers.
I was very excited about this being made when I first heard about it, an in depth look at the mess that was Theranos; who was involved? Why did people who had doubts become convinced? Who really was Elizabeth Holmes? Who got hurt? What was the problem with the "Edison" blood devices ?
Sadly we only get a glimpse to of some these questions, rather than an in depth look. A few YouTube video can give you better answers then this documentary.
There were a few other things that were mentioned that got glanced over:
- A suicide of an employee (who was a very qualified individual for the job)
- Why Walgreens had said yes to allowing untested machines in there stores, and paying them to bring them in
- who was Elizabeth Holmes family
- her relationship with her employees and the manipulation that happened in the Theranos office
Now I don't know if this was intentional or not, for all I know they could've been threaten if they talked about certain things. The one thing you do learn is how they kept stretching the truth so that no one would see that there machines didn't work.
Other things they focused on: Elizabeth Holmes ambition, the machines that didn't work, and the people involved. I literally summarized the documentary for you, and it bums me out because I really wanted it to be so much more, especially since this was going to get more attention being aired on HBO.
What still bothering me is the employee suicide, they gave it only a little bit of attention to it, which is almost the way Theranos reacted to his death. Just like Theranos and there "Edison" machines, the documentary feels like a somewhat good idea, with an underwhelming result.