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Film / Assault on Wall Street

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Assault on Wall Street is a 2013 action thriller directed by Uwe Boll. It also goes by the name of Bailout: The Age of Greed.

Jim Baxford (Dominic Purcell) is an average New Yorker whose life savings are wiped out during the 2008 financial crisis by shady investors. With debt mounting, and Jim gradually losing everything he had, he finally reaches his limit and becomes a spree killer, targeting those responsible for the recession.


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  • Big Bad: Jeremy Stancroft, a Wall Street portfolio manager who sold toxic stocks and fabricated non-existent loans, is the primary cause of the film's events and a major catalyst of the 2008 financial recession.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Jim may have done justice upon a bunch of prominent bankers who were responsible for the 2008 financial crisis, but he still has more to go after if he is to help the victims of the recession (including himself) recover their earnings and their houses.
  • Comfort Food: Jim is seen having pizza and booze after his wife dies.
  • Disguised Hostage Gambit: Jim is able to get away at the end of his rampage by taking the CEO of the corrupt bank hostage, then placing a gun in between them in a supposed fair game of survival. The banker cheats and gloats about his victory, but finds the gun is empty. Jim was counting on him to grab it early, waiting for SWAT to burst into the room and mistake him for the shooter, and Jim for the hostage so they would escort him off the scene.
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  • Driven to Suicide: Rosie commits suicide after she's overcome with grief about the burden she's placed on her husband.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Jim is an army veteran. The skills he acquired in the military come in handy both in his initial job as an armored truck driver, and later when he becomes a domestic terrorist and assassinates various high-profile targets in the financial sector.
  • I Have a Family: Jim takes a stock broker hostage at gunpoint. The broker pleads he has a wife, and Jim picks up the photo of him and his wife for a better look (Jim having lost his own wife to Wall Street's greed). Jim spares him, as he only needed to grab the other bankers' attention and start firing at them.
  • Ill Girl: Jim's wife Rosie is recovering from a near-fatal brain tumor and requires expensive medication, forcing him to work around the clock to provide for her. This is also why he tries his darndest to keep their dire financial situation hidden from her. When she does find out, it drives her to kill herself.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Jim bumps into his former financial advisor whose bank defrauded Jim. The latter makes a token attempt at small talk, comparing Jim's situation to his wife complaining to him that they couldn't go to Barbados that year, not knowing that Jim's wife committed suicide because of their financial worries.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Jim kills an Assistant District Attorney who refused to help his case by shoving him in front of a taxi after he gets out of a bar, causing it to end up looking like an alcohol-induced accident.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: After shooting a few Wall Street bankers, Jim goes back to having lunch with his friends (NYPD cops) at the same diner they frequent for chili, burgers and sandwiches. He plays with his buddies' emotions by sarcastically admitting to being the Wall Street murderer (whom they're looking for) but then lets them believe he's just joking. After the lunch, he goes back to killing even more bankers than when he started and ramps up to hurling grenades at the bankers.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: Pretty much all of Jim's targets are portrayed as little more than white collar criminals. Particular mention goes to Jeremy Stancroft, a portfolio manager at a bank who openly defrauded his clients during the financial crash, and when confronted by Jim, unapologetically rants at him how cheating one's way to the top is necessary in his line of work.
  • Nice Guy: Jim's friend loans him $10,000 to afford the lawyer to fight off the bad investment calling for Jim to pay $60,000 without asking to be re-compensated.
  • Nouveau Riche: Shortly after losing his wife and house, Jim catches eye of the Assistant District Attorney (Ian Marwood) and his secretary who had a scuffle with him back in the bank all at a restaurant celebrating and partying with food and wine wearing expensive jewelry and clothing. Jim recalls that the secretary kept telling him that "Mr. Marwood is extremely busy!"
  • Police are Useless: Jim's co-workers, who are NYPD policemen, lack the power to help the victims of the 2008 financial crisis who were cheated out of their money from the real criminals - the corrupt bankers. Wall Street controls the banks, and the banks pay and control the NYPD. Freddy laments that even if the bankers were arrested for corruption, they would only be put under house arrest at worst and still be entertained by prostitutes in their luxurious mansions.
  • Ponzi: Jim deduces that Wall Street is itself a Ponzi scheme that preys upon innocent people wanting to invest their money to increase it by selling them toxic assets. Jeremy Stancroft, a banker at Wall Street, goes on to agree with him that Wall Street is all and all a Ponzi scam.
  • Sarcastic Confession: After Jim begins assassinating bankers and stock brokers for their role in the financial crash, he meets up with his old police and security guard pals in their diner hang-out. When he brings up the recent killings, he sarcastically admits that he's the one behind it, but they take it as a joke. Still, it raises obvious doubts if one pays attention to their unnerved facial expressions.
  • The Social Darwinist: Crooked banker Jeremy Stancroft gives Jim a rant to this effect, dumbing down all of capitalism to "the strong survive, and the weak die off". Jim takes out a picture of his dead wife, asking him "like her?" Stancroft quickly changes his tac after an Oh, Crap! expression.
  • Vengeful Widow: Jim, specifically because his wife committed suicide from financial problems that were caused by corrupt Wall Street hedge fund managers, bankers, brokers and lawyers. He shows 2 of his targets a photo of his late wife telling them that it's their fault she's dead.
  • Vigilante Man: Jim goes on a one-man crusade to assassinate people responsible for the 2008 financial crash.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The whole reason Jim eventually goes on a killing spree in the NYC financial district is because his life savings were wiped out by crooked financial advisors, causing him to lose his job, his home, and even his wife Rosie after she kills herself.


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