Francesca does not currently have plans to see this film, but the article made her realize not only that the film is based on a true story, but that it is based on a book by Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald and Francesca remembered that she owns this book already. A friend gave it to her months ago as a present but Francesca never got around to reading it.
So Francesca made the time, and although the book is long and full of dense information about a complicated FBI investigation into a price-fixing scheme and the machinations of their key witness, Mark Whitacre, Eichenwald manages to tell the story in a way that even a layperson can understand the economics behind the crime. And Francesca was shocked to learn that most of the tidbits you see in the movie trailer actually represent reality. Hard to believe… but that’s the point of the book.
It reads a bit like a Grisham novel, except that knowing the story is true — Eichenwald did over 800 hours of interviews and got access to the FBI’s tapes, transcripts, etc — makes it much, much more interesting. This window into how investigations really work is fascinating and made the book well-worth the time investment.