The continuing financial crisis has laid the seeds for several great documentaries this year. From the director of the excellent documentary No End in Sight comes the latest, Inside Job, which unleashed a calm but blistering attack on bank executives, brokers and top politicians.
Inside Job, narrated by Matt Damon, walks us through the financial crisis, using elementary terms and explanations to outline the problem in language us dumb Americans can understand. Needless to say, the movie reveals a systematic failure across the board, from average Americans overextending their reach to government officials turning a blind eye to the swelling problem.
What's scary about it all, and what makes Inside Job so powerful, is that it's so easy to see how repeatable these mistakes are. In other words, without a major shift in priorities and alliances, the world is doomed to more problems like this in the future.
Inside Job isn't as entertaining as some of the other documentaries out there; Charles Ferguson doesn't try to spice up the facts like Alex Gibney does, for instance. The movie is a straight shot, an explanative lecture that casts a wide net over the failures of the modern financial system.
Still, Inside Job is a fascinating lecture, one that hits all the right chords.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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