‘The Inventor’ charts rise and epic fall of Theranos

(CNN)Anyone who thinks Theranos is the villain in the next Avengers movie really needs to watch “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” in which Alex Gibney does for Elizabeth Holmes and her biotech firm what he did for Enron — namely, expose and eviscerate them.Gibney’s HBO documentary is part thriller, part tale of corporate whistleblowers and perhaps foremost, a warning of how an apparent fraudster spouting tech jargon can bedazzle people who really should know better, or at least, harbor more skepticism when asked invest millions in a startup company.Barring that, viewers might come away simply hypnotized by Holmes, who carefully cultivated her own myth, played the role of company cheerleader to the hilt and wigged out even employees with her robotic speech pattern and unblinking interviews.

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