Film Review: Inside Job (The Documentary That Cost $10 Trillion)

Even the most fervent patriots and resolved optimists have to admit that today, America is struggling.  With soaring unemployment, lagging industry, and citizens’ rampant mistrust of both business and government, millions—if not billions—of individuals are suffering a hangover from a turn-of-the-century party which only very, very few Wall Street executives enjoyed.  And they’re not hurting.  They’re still employed.  In fact, they’re still millionaires.

If you’re outraged, you should be, and you’re not alone.  Academy Award-nominated director Charles Ferguson’s new documentary Inside Job points a heavy finger (if not a loaded gun) at the architects of the house of cards that was the U.S. derivatives market.  The documentary explains, as simply as is possible, how these men got rich at the expense of the rest of the world.

Matt Damon, who has been politically outspoken since his self-penned soliloquies in Good Will Hunting, narrated the film.  While not as sultry as Morgan Freeman, Damon’s fuming undertone was a perfect match for the documentary; his character, the outspoken Obama-supporter and puppet (see Team America), sounds like he’s gritting his teeth throughout the script, including at the end when he disappointedly recites, “Nothing has changed.”

The fun (or perhaps infuriating) parts are the interviews, where Ferguson asks all the right questions as he politely dismantles the men who were in on the game.  The professional, voluntary interviews with executives and bureaucrats captured more than one “hand in the cookie jar” face.  Easy to follow and hard to forget, the film is a must-see for anyone who intends on having, making, or using money in his or her lifetime.

Inside Job (PG-13) is now playing locally at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinema.

To read about USD Law Professor Frank Partnoy’s involvement with this film, CLICK HERE.

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