IMDB: 8.3 / Documentary, Crime
It is not as easy to review a documentary.
When reviewing movies the main purpose is to inform about the general content of the movie and why you should spend 2 hours of your day viewing it. There are many variables like a meaningful message, good actors, and plot, beautiful content, (…), the list goes on.
In the case of documentaries, the feeling and purpose are different.
Documentaries present us a chance to use movies as a learning tool. Don’t take me wrong there is plenty to learn from movies as well but it is usually indirect learning (except maybe in the case of some biographies). Documentaries focus on a specific topic and present facts, accepted theories, relevant indicators, and outputs.
Interesting, and high rated documentaries, usually have resembling similarities with college lecture. Inside Job is no different!
Focusing on the 2008 world crisis, “Inside Job” explains the environment in which the 2008 crisis was able to flourish, and points the finger at the main culprits behind it. And when I say, culprits, I am not only talking about massive corporations but also high ranking individuals themselves.
As a movie blog, there is no purpose in making character judgments so there won’t be any in this post. I am here to tell you, instead, why you should watch this 2+ hour-long documentary.
If you are a business student, like me, you should watch not only for entertainment purposes but also in order to understand what your economics ethics professor was rambling about. “Where is the line between wracking up a profit by any means necessary and its impact on society? Who is to blame and should they be blamed? Was this behavior ethical or unethical?” As most philosophical questions these are for individual introspect and reflexion.
So if you want to see the “Inside Job” for learning and information purposes go ahead. You will definitely benefit! But enough economics and ethics for now!
(Sorry, I got carried away I am 6 days from having 5 resit exams)
As for entertainment purposes, first, know that the whole documentary is narrated by Matt Damon, and narratively speaking, he was on point, second to none, except Morgan Freeman (because Morgan Freeman is just the king of film narrating).
From the get-go, Matt Damon’s voice works as an attention anchor keeping us hooked and engaged with the movie. The huge parade of high profile figures being crushed in deposition is also nice to watch and definitely a hook. But the cherry on top of the cake are the interviews, financial graphs and stats provided.
As for the graphs and stats, there is not much to be said except that they are eye-opening. Meaning that you can actually understand them and the causes/consequences behind them. (this is a movie blog so I won’t get into these details, but if you are very interested and don’t understand some of the things discussed, just hit me up in the comments).
The interviews are just fun to watch. You see some pretty contradictory statements, fun mistakes, and reluctant/studied answers. This happens because most of these individuals are paid professionals who are being criticized for there decisions, opinions and studies, so they have no incentive to play along and most of the times stand by there previous statements even when faced with outstanding proof and facts proving them wrong.
It is interesting to watch!
The documentary has a thriller vibe to it. Please don’t worry if at some point you feel some cold chills down your spine, you see some pretty huge numbers and this is meant to happen as the purpose of the documentary besides finger pointing is reflexion about how things have and are being made, and should this process change!
The start of the movie talks about a specific case that happened in Iceland, about 12min of the movie, but the rest of the movie is dedicated to discussing the US environment, more specifically Wall Street.
Inside Job also won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.