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Inside Job - Movie Review - 2010

Private Gains at Public Loss

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Inside Job presents a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. The film focuses on specific events and presents the entire cast of characters -- public servants, government officials, financial service company, bank executives and academincs -- involved in creating the crisis, and it indicates the results their actions had on the middle class and laborers around he world.

A Shocking Expose

Filmmaker Charles Ferguson is an extraordinarily capable journalist and investigator. In Inside Job, his exhaustive research, revealing interviews with key players and commentators in the financial game, and smart use of relevant archival footage of government hearings adds up to a searing -- and infuriating -- expose of the way in which key executives -- insiders -- in the U.S. financial services industry used their influence -- and financial resources -- to evade government regulation, corrupt the political process and influence the high level academic study of economics that helps to set government financial policy.

Basically, the film accuses the financial establishment of fraud. Included in the cast of characters are not only senior executives of financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers and Chase, but also economics academics at Harvard and other top universitis and publicly elected officials including US Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barak Obama and their appointees, such as Alan Greenspan and Bob Bernacke, as well as critical Ministers of Finance fron U.S. trade partners effected by the US economy, working people who've lost their jobs and homes, and several very convincing whistle blowers who suggest that those shown to be responsible for the crisis be indicted for criminal behavior. The executives, their political and academic cronies made billions, while their clients lost life savings, jobs and homes, and the general public -- in the US and worldwide -- have been subjected to a critical disparity in the distribution of wealth.

Using voice over narration read by Matt Damon, Ferguson guides us through a very complex, detailed and convincing scenario. There is so much information in Inside Job that the film should be given more than one viewing. But even a first viewing will convince you that corrective measures must be taken to change the greedy and unsustainable corporate and governmental behavior that continues, with many of the same cast of characters maintaining their positions, status and influence. Consider this film a warning alarm. We are still at risk.

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Film Details:

  • Title: Inside Job
  • Director: Charles Ferguson
  • Release Date: October 10, 2010 (limited)
  • Running Time: 120 mins.
  • Parents Advisory: Advisory for content
  • Locations: Iceland, USA, France, China, England, and other countries
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Representational Pictures
  • Distribution Company: Sony Pictures Classics
  • Official Website
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