Charles Ferguson's hard-hitting documentary Inside Job will leave you feeling right pissed as you leave the theatre. And I mean that in the best possible way. It's a searing expose on how Wall Street greed and irresponsibility lead to the global economic crisis of 2008, which succeeds both as an enlightening lesson in the follies of the structure and the people governing our financial system as well as a witty and compelling piece of entertainment.
His position is clear: The people responsible for deregulating the stock market, thus encouraging unwise high-risk investments that but billions of tax payers' dollars on the bubble while waltzing away with their own six-to-eight-figure incomes, must be held accountable. Of course, many of those at whom Ferguson points a finger declined to be interviewed for the film; probably the smartest move they've made in the last ten years, as he is an informed and tenacious interviewer who nails his subjects to the hot-seat and makes 'em sweat. He relishes in showing us the awkward silences and helpless stammers of interviewees who know they've just been asked a question that implicates their guilt.
A nod for Best Documentary had better be coming, and by all the buzz it's received since Cannes, I cant imagine that it won't get in. It could even win.
***1/2 out of ****