One of my goals for this year is to watch more documentaries. I really appreciate and enjoy them, and Nick and I lately don’t watch many movies at all anymore. INDT in 2011 actually had us watching more movies than we had in years, and even then a good portion of them Nick had to watch on his own because we don’t have that much time together to watch them. I feel like documentaries are an extremely important part of film. It’s easy to become engrossed in what’s going on inside your own little bubble or corner of the world, and documentaries are one way to expose yourself to more than just what’s happening in your backyard. In the case of this film, some aspects are taking place as I type this, it’s affected almost everyone in the world, and it’s right in front of us. This was a very well-made film, I enjoyed it, and I think it was a great one to kick the year off with.
Inside Job was the winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It is about the late 2000’s financial crisis, the events that led to it, the companies involved, and the people who had a hand in orchestrating a global financial catastrophe that cost tens of millions of people their jobs, their homes, and trillions of dollars.
The corporations and people involved have effectively gotten away with robbery – not just of the “typical American investor” as Roger Ebert states in his movie review, but also people around the world – today’s economy is so globalized that the crash of the US economy has sent waves of economic hardship through all nations. And because of the far reach of the monies made (and to be made) in the financial sector, the people who profited from all this have not had to answer for any of it.
This is of course just my extremely brief overview of the film – the problem and answers are not all quite that simple – but if you’ve wondered what was behind the “Occupy” encampments or the “99 Percent” signs, or just want to be more informed about the whole situation, this is a very good film to watch. But don’t just watch the film. Getting involved is the best way to protect the financial and civil interests of yourself, your fellow citizens, and the generations to come.