Inside Job ★★★★
(USA, 108 min.)
Dir: Charles Ferguson
Narrated by Matt Damon
Ferguson uses the conventional Talking Heads mode of documentary and allows various experts and economists to explain what happened. The pundits also offer wildly contradictory answers, while some give statements that clash with the evidence or even their own previous remarks. The outcome is often quite funny, but it also creates a horrific portrait of contemporary society: are these really the people pulling the strings? If so, it's no wonder the whole world's in trouble! Ferguson assembles the interviews together in order to build towards larger philosophical questions of social inequality, which is the greatest accomplishment of Inside Job. The film goes beyond the statistics of the recession and probes issues that are deeply entrenched in the system. Intelligent and entertaining, Inside Job is an important and highly relevant film.
Inside Job plays at the Bytowne in Ottawa Feb. 24th and 25th.