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Inside Job ~ Inside Job
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
Wow, confusing! I can't help wondering who's left to trust, including the film makers. Definitely worth a second look, if not three or four. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kev
The movie is well done, and from what I can tell, well researched.
It will make you angry - which is as intended. And that's a good thing.
Ever wonder how the 2008-2010 financial crash in the US happened. Watch this eye opening documentary, and draw your own conclusions.Published 11 months ago by Pierre Aubin
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... Read more
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... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tom Crean
I was excited to watch this documentary and can watch it again. After the financial crisis, I wanted to know exactly how it happened and why it happened. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Scintilate