32- Inside Job [7.0]
The first film to provide 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 aptly titled Inside Job is a highly informative documentary that will make your blood boil. I found it occasionally difficult to keep track of all the numbers and statistics presented, but found a larger issue in the tone of the documentary. Director Charles Ferguson can be frequently heard asking questions off camera, and his bitter delivery as an interviewer detracts from the incredulous answers the various financial industry workers give. Their answers are shocking enough for the audience to understand that something is wrong, and Ferguson loses some of his integrity (despite showing a willingness to ask very pressing questions) as he shows his anger.
Even worse, Ferguson will pose a question and before someone could answer, the film will cut to another scene. All documentaries are manipulative, but I found this maneuver to be very off-putting; furthermore, “[blank] declined to be interviewed for this film” appears frequently after a lot of negative information about them is provided. After four or five times, it lost its effectiveness. I imagine a lot of people decline to be interviewed for documentaries, especially the kind that may portray them in a negative light.
Inside Job is still worth seeing, as you will get a good sense of the global financial crisis. Hopefully next time Ferguson puts together a documentary, he can let someone else do the interviewing.