The film that cost $20,000,000,000,000 to make.
A film that exposes the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. 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.
Charles Ferguson follows his brilliant documentary No End in Sight with another essential piece of work, this time focusing on the economic crisis of 2008.
There are very few documentary filmmakers who know how to nail the perfect balance of giving high information while never boring their audience down or making them feel like they are sitting in a classroom. Ferguson is among the finest in the field. It's a tall task, making a film about the biggest American financial disaster a pleasant watch, but that's exactly what we get here. Matt Damon narrates in a smooth and pleasing manner, getting right what so many documentaries have made into a distraction working against a project.
Overall this is a must-see-twice kind of film that doesn't make accusations without displaying the evidence to back it up. Ferguson is one of the most important directors in American cinema.
Excoriating polemic about the recession, explaining in crisp and clear detail what went wrong, who was to blame and what happened next. It's brilliantly-researched, cleverly assembled and forcefully-argued, though there is a slight issue with the selective and possibly disingenuous editing used to stitch up some apparently deserving interviewees. While it's revealing to see the dean of Columbia Business School drop his mask and spit: "You've got three minutes, so give it your best shot", I'm not exactly sure what the ethics are regarding that. Still, it's a vital film: passionate, infuriating and darkly funny, while serving as required viewing for anyone who still has the merest vestiges of trust in the financial sector, or indeed economics itself. "I had to revise a textbook" must be the worst excuse ever for leaving a key post at the Federal Reserve during a financial meltdown.
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.
It's been the same for ages: half of the world trying to screw the other half (like we say in my country). This documentary brings to light the crimes (yes, that's the right word) committed by those in charge of large companies and that led to the economic crisis we live in today. It just goes to show what anyone knows and no degree in Economics is needed for that: the only way to stop similar things from happening in the future is by having people with sound morals in leadership roles, not trying to plug the holes with more and more numbers.
It's amusing to see that the whole system is rotten to the core as well; the indoctrination starts in the business schools and goes all the way up.
As relevant today as it was in 2010, especially considering the recent Wall Street protests, Inside Job paints a picture of a horrendously corrupt economic system in the United States that is having a dramatic and costly impact on the rest of the world. Informative, confronting and frightening this is a documentary that will make you sit up and take notice.
There's no answers here, just really good questions.
That's what I really loved about this film.
It's disturbing, but grown up.
I don't remember hearing so many sounds of disgust ever before on a movie. It basically bring the point forward of how the greed of a few was enough to collapse the many. And there's little else to say, the documentary is pretty one sided in that sense, it's very enjoyable and manages to present complex information in a comprehensible way. Sad thing is that as well done as it is there's no way it can make an impact, people will be busy watching the expendables instead of this.
A suitably acerbic and angry documentary.
I have read plenty of articles and books on the subject of the bank failures but this documentary does an excellent job of putting all the information together in a cohesive narrative.
What makes this movie so powerful is the interviews especially from the likes of David McCormick, Frederic Mishkin, and R. Glenn Hubbard. Talk about stupid or liar. But the guy who is sleaziest of the all is Scott Talbott. Talk about everything that is wrong with this country. Guys like Scott Talbott should be hauled off to jail for fraud and treason.
An astonishing look at the Global Financial Crisis and what caused it. It's stunning to see how everything cascaded into this giant disaster and yet so few responsible have been punished for it.
HIGHLIGHT: The way it manages to convey complex concepts in a very understandable way, adding to the shock of what has taken place.
Very interesting documentary that provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008 whilst mainly focusing on America. I understood about 43% of this film.
Like any good documentary, Inside Job comes with facts and a particular alignment of where it wants you to know it’s taking you. In this case, we already know what the fallout is about. Another film profiling the mass corruption of the financial industry in the U.S. that triggered a global financial crisis that has still yet to shake out.
That being said, the film isn’t biased as much as it’s aggressive. For the most part, the characters and villains speak for themselves using archival footage and in the end, you don’t really have to be a creative writing genius to put together what went down, how it happened and how the players involved thought their scheme would continue unfettered…
My favourite documentaries are ones that watch like regular movies. This is a shining example.
After a solemn dissection of the over-leveraged Icelandic banks this film slaps you in the face with a pop-rock credit sequence as rousing as any bond film. If you don't break out into a big smile at the transition you've got a pulse lower than Japanese interest rates.
Charles Ferguson deserves all the credit in the world here. He's sharp enough to catch people cheating in their answers, and that no small feat given the level of jargon being thrown around. It makes for some spectacularly revealing moments.
An exemplary documentary, that presents its case with perfect clarity and the utmost journalistic integrity. Infuriating in all the right ways.
A comprehensive review, and damning indictment of the 2008 global economic crisis. The revelations of greed and sheer disregard for other people's fortunes from men we are supposed to trust with our money, seethe with a fiery accuracy.