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Inside Job [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]

Matt Damon , William Ackman , Charles Ferguson    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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As he did with the occupation of Iraq in No End in Sight, Charles Ferguson shines a light on the global financial crisis in Inside Job. Accompanied by narration from Matt Damon, Ferguson begins and ends in Iceland, a flourishing country that gave American-style banking a try--and paid the price. Then he looks at the spectacular rise and cataclysmic fall of deregulation in the United States. Unlike Alex Gibney's fiscal films, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Casino Jack, Ferguson builds his narrative around dozens of players, interviewing authors, bank managers, government ministers, and even a psychotherapist, who speaks to a culture that encourages Gordon Gekko-like behavior, but the number of those who declined to comment, like Alan Greenspan, is even larger. Though the director isn't as combative as Michael Moore, he asks tough questions and elicits squirms from several participants, notably former Treasury secretary David McCormick and Columbia dean Glenn Hubbard, George W. Bush's economic adviser. Their reactions are understandable, since the borders between Wall Street, Washington, and the Ivy League dissolved years ago; it's hard to know who to trust when conflicts of interest run rampant. If Ferguson takes Reagan and Bush to task for tax cuts that benefit the wealthy, he criticizes Clinton for encouraging derivatives and Obama for failing to deliver on the promise of reform. And in the category of unlikely heroes: former governor Eliot Spitzer, who fought against fraud as New York's attorney general (he's the subject of Gibney's documentary Client 9). --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Torval Mork TOP 500 REVIEWER
Charles Ferguson's "Inside Job" is like a documentarial "Usual Suspects". While the film by Bryan Singer highlighted the exploits of a team of professional criminals and a job gone horrifically wrong under the watchful eye of the mastermind Keyser Soze - Ferguson pulls the cover off the wrongdoings of a cabal of professional bankers and how their string pulling misdeeds and pursuit of personal riches resulted in a meltdown of the world financial system - echoes of which will be felt for years... maybe decades.

Winner of the Academy Award for best feature documentary of 2010, "Inside Job" opens with a brief expose of how Iceland was an early victim of the hype and and misunderstood potential of derivatives trading. It was a neat little teaser of a story (which has the potential of being a feature length documentary on it's own), that leads into the main target in Ferguson's scope: Wall Street bankers and their lust for profit.

Interviews with former employees of some of the institutional culprits are very enlightening. After particularly bombastic revelations in the film are made concerning some big players in the industry, a black screen with white type is displayed saying "Goldman Sachs" or "Alan Greenspan" or "The SEC" was "unavailable for comment for this film". The list of players who turned a blind eye in the interest of exorbitant personal gain is a known fact, but to hear their colleagues and the likes of George Soros interviewed giving the gritty details is a nice reinforcement.

A lot of great journalism has been produced surrounding the events addressed during the encapsulating footage of "Inside Job".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Plain Truth Oct. 27 2011
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
The recent global financial meltdown will go down in history as one of those singularly defining events that characterizes what is wrong with society. If we always suspected that greed and corruption were at the heart of the human condition but could never prove it, 2008 changed all that. Charles Ferguson's award-winning film, "Inside Job" takes us inside the various American financial institutions where this monstrous scheme of corporate deregulation was hatched in the years leading up to the ultimate crisis. Instead of reviewing the chain of events which are already well-known, Ferguson visits a number of the big players after the fact to get their view on why global financial markets virtually seized up in September 2008. Most of the big-name operators who capitalized on derivatives, subprime mortgages, and credit swaps were from the Wall Street fraternity. Prominent investment bankers like Blankfein, Paulson, Fudal and other lesser knowns openly encouraged the multi-billion dollar sales of questionable securities which they then proceeded to go short on. In this era, government regulators from the Fed and Treasury turned a blind eye to these seriously unethical practices that threatened the very integrity of the American financial system. Not only were American banks and insurance companies in the thick of this concerted drive to unload bad debt on unsuspecting clients, European banks were caught up in it too. Icelandic banks were privatized and became involved in arranging over a hundred billion dollars in dodgy loans that eventually destroyed the country's economy when they were called in. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Along with "Let's make money" and "Capitalism, a love story", "Inside job" offers a great inside view of today's financial system, in other words the heart of capitalism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Michael Moore movie Dec 20 2011
SnowPharaoh, you said this documentary was sensationalist? Well perhaps a little to jazz it up a bit, but not as much as Michael Moore telling Americans that Canadians don't lock their doors, based on his experience in Sarnia, Ontario. Everything about this documentary was well researched and supported, including all the warnings, articles and books about the coming global financial crisis.

Matt Damon does an excellent job. The complexity of the derivatives market, particularly the CDO's, is spelled out nicely in layman's terms for the average viewer. Although, as with any documentary, you need to pay close attention. I've watched it a few times now, I highly recommended this as one of the best documentaries I've ever seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See June 8 2013
By Julian
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The film is a powerful wake call for us all. Perhaps it will inspire us to take our heads
out of the sand, and stop allowing ourselves to be abused.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Dec 9 2012
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very good movie. good to see the inside job of what takes place and how we are royally "scre*ed" by those behind the scenes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars shocking look at the economic crisis Sept. 28 2014
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Documentary, special-interest genre

The film traces what happened during the financial meltdown in 2008 and reveals from and insiders perspective some of how financial industries have corrupted politics, law, and academia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Job May 24 2014
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If the people determining your credit rating are deemed to be co-conspirators, what does that mean? If the banksters have to pay their failed employees bonuses our of our taxpayer-paid bail-outs, how can it be remotely possible some Detroit City workers may be forced to lose their pensions? Isn't the marriage of 'financial' and 'political' power the dictionary definition of a Fascist State?

Watch this movie and then proceed directly to a credit union or a state (local family owned) bank, then show ten friends!
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