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Inside Job (2010)

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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

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Himself - Professor of Economics, University of Iceland
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Himself - Writer & Filmmaker
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Herself - Special Investigative Committee, Icelandic Parliament
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Himself - Former Federal Reserve Chairman
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Himself - Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
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Himself - Chairman, Soros Fund Management
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Himself - Chairman, Financial Services Committee
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Himself - Under Secretary of the Treasury, Bush Administration
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Himself - Chief Adviser, China Banking Regulatory Commission
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Herself - Finance Minister, France
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Herself - U.S. Managing Editor, The Financial Times
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Himself - Professor, NYU Business School
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'Inside Job' provides 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. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China. Written by Anonymous

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The global economic crisis of 2008 cost tens of millions of people their savings, their jobs, and their homes. This is how it happened. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some drug and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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12 November 2010 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$39,649 (USA) (8 October 2010)

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$4,311,834 (USA) (29 April 2011)
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In an unusual pairing of supporter and subject matter, Jeffrey Lurie - owner of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles franchise - was one of this Oscar-winning documentary's executive producers. See more »

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The first time Paul Volcker's last name is shown it is written "Vocker". See more »

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Narrator: Between 1998 and 2008 the financial industry spent over $5 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions. And since the crisis, they're spending even more.
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A wake-up call of macroeconomic proportions
10 July 2010 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Inside Job belongs to a genre of new documentaries, like The Cove, Dear Zachary and Bowling For Columbine, that are not only made to document the background of a phenomenon but also to encourage people to do something about it. Dividing itself into five sections of a 'report', the film looks at the background and effect of the recession and its effect on politics, the world, society, the economy, public welfare, education, the present and the near and distant future.

Inside Job is undeniably motivational and does well to extract the hypocrisies and selfishness of the main perpetrators and other persons linked with the crisis. Indside Job depicts the global financial from only one perspective and does not give due weighting to the alternate point of view. Of course, it does not help that the main protagonists involved in the entire affair are obviously missing from this documentary, a fact that is rubbed on to the audience time and again.

On the flip side, economics, being a head scratcher for several budding commerce students by nature, the spoken narrative of figures and key personnel could perhaps have been better explained with a clearer use of graphics. However since the film makers are not lecturers it would be too much to expect them to be aware of the concepts of pedagogy.

Well crafted and edited, Inside Job is a good introduction to the cause and effect of the financial crisis, it falls just short of being the definitive version. It is a good watch nevertheless and provides sufficient food for thought and plenty of opportunity for future cocktail party discussion.


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