Elizabeth Holmes is the inventor in the title of Alex Gibney's new documentary. Or at least she played the part. Her invention was fake, but she managed to find a persona who showed that fact. At least for a little while.
Inventor: Out for blood in Silicon Valley
RELEASE DATE: 3/18/2019
DIRECTOR: Alex Gibney
Alex Gibney's PhD on Therano's scandal is informative, but a little bloodless.
Inventor: Out for blood in Silicon Valley who debuted at SXSW, Holmes tracks from Stanford dropout to Silicon Valley, where then 19-year-old founded Theranos, a company that really only had one product But still managed to balloon into a $ 9 billion item. Gibney describes how easy Holmes could get people on board with just the path: a machine called Edison that will test blood for hundreds of diseases with a finger stick, and replace established laboratories such as Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp.
Big-name investors like Jim Mattis, George Shultz and Henry Kissinger were eliminated with the idea – and Holmes. Kissinger says in a telephone interview that she is "a member of a monastic order". Older, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Errol Morris – whose work has been devoted to finding the truths an advertisement for Theranos and gushes to Holmes, "I am a fan." (Morris was supposedly not speaking to Gibney about it.) [Theinventorforbloodinthesiliconevalleyreview” width=”800″ height=”400″ srcset=”https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/the_inventor_out_for_blood_in_silicon_valley_review_2-e1552762521579-800×400.png 800w, https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/the_inventor_out_for_blood_in_silicon_valley_review_2-e1552762521579-500×250.png 500w, https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/the_inventor_out_for_blood_in_silicon_valley_review_2-e1552762521579-1024×512.png 1024w, https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/the_inventor_out_for_blood_in_silicon_valley_review_2-e1552762521579-250×125.png 250w, https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/the_inventor_out_for_blood_in_silicon_valley_review_2-e1552762521579.png 1189w” sizes=”(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px”/>
While Holmes was charming people over the ground and got them emotionally involved, engineers and scientists tried to troubleshoot Edison. Gibney speaks to several former employees (two of whom will later become whistleblowers) who break down the increasingly paranoid atmosphere of Theranos and how Holmes brushed their concerns about the machine and its false results. Others mark Holme's intensity: "She didn't flash," says a former receptionist. Gibney spends a lot of time showing close-ups of her face, as saying "Hey, can you read?"
But he doesn't paint Holmes as a bloodthirsty monster. There is room to suggest that she – a woman in a male-dominated field – was an idealist who only tried her hardest to live up to the status of her hero Steve Jobs. "I've been in black turtlenecks since I was 7," she says in one interview. She tells New Yorker s Ken Auletta that she had a design for a time machine of the same age. Much has been done about the Holmes voice that many claim is also false. If Holmes reinforced her voice to be more respected in Silicon Valley, where men are allowed to exist and do business much more freely, you can't necessarily blame her. But in the context of her long con it takes another air. (Voice veracity is not addressed in the movie.) The inventor out for blood in the silicone valley review ” width=”795″ height=”400″ srcset=”https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/the_inventor_out_for_blood_in_silicon_valley_review_3-795×400.png 795w, https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/the_inventor_out_for_blood_in_silicon_valley_review_3-1018×512.png 1018w, https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/the_inventor_out_for_blood_in_silicon_valley_review_3-250×125.png 250w, https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/the_inventor_out_for_blood_in_silicon_valley_review_3.png 1235w” sizes=”(max-width: 795px) 100vw, 795px”/>
Silicon Valley is full of technological paths without science or substance behind them, and Theranos is one of the most realistic newer examples. Inventor makes it clear, but it still has a few blind spots . Gibney speaks to a phlebotomist who was deceived, but the film lacks a greater sense of how this cheated technology influenced users' lives or health. What was Holmes thinking? Behavioral economist Dan Ariely offers the closest assessment, linked to a claim that people can deceive a lie detector with the right mindset. The document suffers from not having an interview with Holmes or partner-in-crime / formerly Therano's President Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, and not zooming out more to show how the scandal reflects the secretive mechanics of Silicon Valley. What happened to all the blood Theranos collected?
Inventor does a lot of narrative, but not much to show. We still don't know Holmes any better at the end. Is she just an invention too?
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