Watched Jan 01, 2012
You know it's gonna be an interesting movie when Eliot Spitzer and Dominique Strauss-Kahn come out looking like the most sensible, ethical ones — but this movie is concerned with a different kind of screwing, and on a much larger scale.
I've heard many versions of this story in other media over the years, and the facts and characterizations all seem to correspond. (Though, I don't think I'd realized how scummy Timothy Geithner, Hank Paulson, and Larry Summers were. Paulson in particular appears to be king of the creeps here, doesn't he? I mean, seriously creepy.) It's well-researched, and, along with plenty of the villians, the director interviews credible experts to create a stunning picture of global suckiness.
I only wish it had more voices from the ground floor — everyday traders, fund managers, lenders, small bankers, home buyers, and people in charge of credit unions and pension funds — all those who were swept up in the frenzy, including those who had a sense of what was going on at the time, as well as those who didn't.
Anyway, a must-see. The kind of movie you'd hope rascally high school political science teachers would make all their students watch.