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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
Very important information showing problems with powerful financial people who are ideologues rather than caring, thinking and analysing situations. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Esther Klein Ottawa
The tragedy of the economic collapse of 2008 - 2009 acted out; left me kind of upset that the major players responsible for the collapse, are still in play, hardly affected by... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Rikard de Caterick
Well documented remainder about the 2008 economic crisis and the connivance between the financial , political and academic establishments.Published 2 months ago by Raul
This documentary is well organized, instructive and entertaining. The film includes a historical background, an explanation of the financial mechanisms, a detailed examination of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve G
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 5 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.