'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
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 »
The first time Dominique Strauss-Khan's name is shown, it is misspelled. 'Dominique' is written 'Dominque', and 'Strauss-Kahn' is written 'Straus-Kahn'. See more »
The presidents of Harvard University and Columbia University refused to comment on academic conflicts of interest. - Both declined to be interviewed for this film.
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When broadcast in the UK on BBC TV (as part of it's Storyville documentary strand) in December 2011, on-screen dates of the speakers' positions were updated, notably Dominique Strauss-Kahn who resigned from the IMF in May 2011. See more »
There is no possible way that all of the contributors to the financial meltdown can get adequate attention in a two-hour documentary. There were many factors involved, and some get short shrift in the film to focus on what would be easily comprehensible by most viewers, and, one can safely assume, to fit the biases of the producers, director, writers, etc. It's their movie, after all, and no documentary can avoid the bias trap. None that I have seen anyway.
Think of the film as a departure point. If one is really interested, they will dig deeper into the question through other documentaries and books on the subject. There will be plenty in the years ahead. More evidence will come to light, and more questions will be answered.
Let it be said that this film will make you angry. It will also make you a more informed individual and a better citizen.
It is not easy to get through two hours of discussion on why the financial meltdown occurred, but this film is probably the most painless way to do it. and it did it very well.
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