Monday, January 10, 2011
Inside Job Movie Review
A friend of mine asked me why I couldn’t just go see “The Fighter” like normal people when I went to the movies this weekend. And while I like Marky Mark and all, I went to see “Inside Job”. Which sounds like it could be about a bank heist but “Inside Job” is a documentary about the 2008 financial crisis that probably isn’t playing in more than 1 or 2 theatres in your city. It is only playing in 2 theaters in NYC. And why should it get wider distribution? The topic isn’t pleasant. I left the theater feeling frustrated more than anything else. Not because the film is not awesome but because the information is unsettling.
We all know there was a crisis, we heard about Lehman Brothers and AIG and Wall Street evil rich people but this film gives you the details. Not “details” in a way that makes your head spin and reminds you why you hated or avoided finance classes in school (ok maybe that was just me) but details in a way that makes you understand what happened, who knew it was coming, who was effected domestically and globally and who could have stopped it and why they didn’t care to. And at the end of the day we all know who gets big fat cow dung dropped on their heads. Yes, us the little people. The working people. Well with close to 10% unemployment I guess you are lucky if you are part of the “working people”.
We all know how wide the gap between rich and poor has become. But the film also addresses the fact that for the first time in forever, kids in this country are not likely to have more education or better opportunities than their parents did. That just struck me as particularly sad.
So I say go see it. Be warned, there are details about just how filthy stinking rich some of these people really are, there is gruesome and gory details about how much some people just don’t give a f*ck and there is graphic information and imagery regarding the kind of money that was made by screwing the little people. Not recommended for those with sensitive stomachs, those who are hormonal or emotional, those who have recently lost their home due to foreclosure or those who recently bought mega millions lottery tickets and didn't win shi*. Ima need to see ya effin hands if you got student loan debt, home loan debt, credit card debt ,car loan debt or all of the above.. Holla! You are living the American dream.
On the Ugotthejuicenow blogspot rating scale I give “Inside Job” 4 out of 4 cups of juice.