Inside Job

Inside Job

(2010)

Documentary narrated by Matt Damon that sets out to expose the truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. Winner of the Documentary Oscar in 2011.... More

Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.Hide

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This sobering documentary (which has just scored an Oscar nomination) paints an enthralling and, more importantly, comprehensible picture of the global financial collapse of 2008. Beginning with a case study of Iceland, then expanding into a comprehensive analysis of the circumstances that brought about the collapse, Inside Job plays out like a conspiracy thriller, although one critically without a single culprit to pin the whole thing on. The hopelessness of the situation is tempered by the soothingly familiar tones of Matt Damon, who narrates.

It's a testament to the skills of director Charles Ferguson (who made the Iraq war doco No End In Sight) that such potentially dry material makes for such a watchable movie. Grim footage of an economically destitute middle America and amazing aerial photography of New York ensures the doco has a highly cinematic feel. Ferguson effectively demonstrates exactly how the financial sector manipulated and corrupted the system to create a power structure that provided exorbitant short-term gains but which was doomed to inevitably falter.

There are heroes and villains throughout the film and Ferguson isn't afraid to show footage of his interview subjects getting irritated and impatient. He maybe relies slightly too much on 'um-ing and ah-ing' soundbites to humiliate certain people but they all clearly deserve it. You may exit the cinema feeling utterly powerless but this is a must-see for anyone with even the slightest interest in how the planet is run.


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BY leon897 grader

Most people couldn't explain the specific details of the financial crisis and underlying causes of the global recession. The documentary Inside Job breaks it down in layman's terms and exposes the level of collusion and corruption among financial brokerage firms, banks and rating agencies that led to the global financial meltdown. A similar crisis could happen again given the lack of stringent safeguards and supervision. Most disturbing aspect is the lack of accountability and liability from... More financial managers and agencies when ordinary investors lose all their life savings. The foundation of our financial system seems weak and fragile and susceptible to another crash.Hide


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98% of critics recommend.
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  • One of the most fascinating aspects of Inside Job involves the chatty on-camera insights of Kristin Davis, a Wall Street madam, who says the Street operated in a climate of abundant sex and cocaine for valued clients and the traders themselves. Full Review

  • Most impressively, it makes it understandable to those of us who don't know much at all about economics. Full Review

  • Inside Job, a sleek, briskly paced film whose title suggests a heist movie, is the story of a crime without punishment, of an outrage that has so far largely escaped legal sanction and societal stigma. Full Review

  • Charles Ferguson's sophomore film Inside Job is the definitive screen investigation of the global economic crisis, providing hard evidence of flagrant amorality -- and of a new nonfiction master at work. Full Review

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