Review of The Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn

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Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn is a strangely constructive documentary that was to delve into the subject’s childhood, his accusations and his escape from the authorities.

The Netflix documentary film Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn was released on October 26, 2022 – this is our official review.

The most curious case of netflix documentary, Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn perhaps the filmmaker’s overt attempts to throw a wrench into the standard documentary itself. Who is this actor DirectorLucy Blakstad showed up? Whoever then claims to be a person who worked for Carlos Ghosn? Then gives us updates at oddly placed times without rhyme or reason. It occurred to me during this particular documentary that this was all just a misdirection and a sleight of hand. It’s a minimal distraction from the fact that nothing new is added to Carlos Ghosn’s story even at 95 minutes.

Still, it’s hard not to make a crime documentary interesting, especially when wealthy corporate overlords are involved. The film follows the former Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan and Renault, who made millions and millions of dollars by cutting the jobs, salaries and even office supplies of his underlings. Yet his salary grew more than Ford’s head. While, yes, he saved companies and made them not only solvent but extremely profitable, he did so on the backs of his employees who took on extra work. Many, especially in France, committed suicide by jumping from catwalks inside corporate headquarters.

Ghosn was a greedy but brilliant man. Nissan was a stone’s throw from shutting down before he arrived. When Ghosn wanted to merge the two companies after 20 years, the backstabs, accusations and claws came out. Ghosn was arrested and placed under house arrest in Japan for financial misconduct. Why? Ghosn has been accused by Nissan’s current CEO (the subject of the documentary was transferred to the president at the time of the arrest) of using company money for personal gain and underreporting his income. Apparently working holidays do not exist in Japan and France.

Where Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn going wrong is that it takes too long to cover Ghosn’s rise and stay at the top of two major automakers instead of tackling the most interesting issues. Like, what he was charged with and detailing this accusation of financial fraud, true or not. The other is his breakout, which is covered in the final ten minutes. Depending on how you see it, it could have added more excitement to a glorified puff campaign or a smear campaign.

As for Carlos Ghosn’s curious escape attempt, it looks like we’re getting an interview in which Ghosn explains why he left Japan. He accuses the country of being corrupt. If you look at the conviction rate in Japan, it’s at a staggering 99%. However, only 37% of all cases go to court because the Japanese court system follows a thorough pre-trial procedure.

One can easily assume that Ghosn may have been scared. He most certainly would have been convicted had the case gone to trial based on the odds. Yet his attorney says on camera that authorities didn’t have enough to convict by reviewing the evidence. The men and women Ghosn used to help him escape all got into legal trouble and were later convicted of crimes, which goes back to his same story of people who work for him being punished while he leaves cleanly.

The documentary Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn covers little to no new ground on the subject, but offers an in-depth look at this man’s rise. However, Blakstad never goes into the details of Ghosn’s escape, accusations and childhood. This topic would reveal what made the man tick. In truth, the documentary has the ingredients, but it took longer to flesh out the film for a cohesive and complete story. And again, there’s this oddly placed actor who has little to do with the story that makes the whole experience curious.

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