Can’t trust anyone. Not even mom and dad.
The financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 will always and forever be considered one of the most heart-breaking, tragic moments in recent memory. Director Charles Ferguson, using his smarts, his wit and his intelligent ways, acts like a journalist to figure out just how the hell it all happened. After all, from what Ferguson can tell is that this was a problem almost everyone within the financial world expected, however, no one wanted to actually accept as fact and continue living their very rich, luxurious lives as is, uninterrupted. And these are the same kinds of people that, through Ferguson, will be called-out and shown the error of their ways, yet, will they ever learn anything? And while we’re at it, what about the country as a whole? Will we ever learn anything, either? Or, will we just continue to keep on bailing out the some fools who put us in these financial messes in the first place?
Tisk tisk tisk.
It’s actually quite odd watching Inside Job after the Big Short since, in a way, they’re kind of the same movie. They both are dealing with the financial crisis, how it happened, who as to be blamed, what was trying to be done in order to stop it, and a little bit of the result. However, what made that movie more accessible, aside from all of the big-names in the cast and whatnot, was the fact that it actually lended a helping hand to the everyday movie-goer out there who may have not known some of the trickier titles of certain things associated with the finanical world. Don’t get me wrong, director Charles Ferguson, solely through the sooting, yet smart voice of Matt Damon, tells us certain things we need to know in order to give us a clearer and better understanding of what the hell everyone’s talking about, and what it’s ultimate reason for existing is, but there’s not nearly as much hand-holding here, as there was in the Big Short.
Which means, yes, be ready to be a tad confused. However, watching this after the Big Short definitely helped me, as there were a lot of key phrases and terms that I needed to know going in, and considering that I already did know them, it was basically smooth sailing from there on out.
Well, then again, not really.
See, Inside Job is dealing with some pretty infuriating material and real-life consequences here, and it also makes it an even harder pill to swallow when you consider that Ferguson is not backing down, or away, from a single part of it. Every person he has the chance to interview, he does; every small detail that helps explain what happened with this financial crisis, he tells; and every finger that needs to be pointed, well, he points. Ferguson is the kind of documentarian that the world needs more of – not because he has the balls to actually go up to a person who may need a hard line of questioning and actually do said thing, but because he takes a lot of narrative choices on what is, essentially, dry material. Some people out there in the world may not give a single lick about finances or mortgages – Ferguson knows this – and in trying to have some of us actually care, like at all, he reminds us that all of these issues are still going on in the world we currently live in and unfortunately, they’re not getting much better.
Okay, maybe there has been some improvement since 2010, but still: Ferguson knows and understands that this is a huge issue that needs to be discussed and addressed, but he also doesn’t want to be the only person doing it. He wants to fill everybody in on all of the corruption and all of the wrongs that have been committed from those who, honestly, should know better. But instead, they’re more concerned with whether or not they have three yachts, instead of two, rather than caring about how all of the riches and rewards they get and benefit off of, other people lower down the food chain, take the hard end of.
Yes, Ferguson is clearly on a soap-box here and he should definitely be allowed to be – the guy has something that he wants to say, but really, just allows for the people he interviews, or, in some cases, doesn’t interview.
After all, some of the guiltiest people that Ferguson has no issue of mentioning, either don’t show up on camera at all, or when they do, they’re absolute dicks about it all. A few people, for instance, actually seem as if they’re nice, easygoing people who are absolutely pleased with participating in a documentary about the financial-crisis and the world of finance. However, that all changes when Ferguson himself decides to switch things up, ask them the hard questions about their guilt and their professionalism, and all of sudden, their moods change. There’s quite a few people in this movie that happens with, to great comedic-effect, but the point has been proven: These people are guilty and they deserve to have their faces shone in the spotlight.
Cause, like we’ve said before, they’re the reasons for our economy’s downfall. And yet, we’re still the ones we’re paying for and caring about, if only because they dug themselves too deep into holes that they couldn’t get out of. Either way, despite all of this ranting and raving, yes, please see Inside Job, if you already haven’t done so. It will make your blood boil and your wallets bigger.
Consensus: Smart, intense and exciting, Inside Job is the right kind of documentary that doesn’t back down from asking the hard questions, while searching for whatever answers it can find in this sometimes confusing world of finance.
9.5 / 10
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