“Why should a financial engineer be paid four times to 100 times more than a real engineer? A real engineer build bridges. A financial engineer build dreams. And, you know, when those dreams turn out to be nightmares, other people pay for it ” – Andrew Sheng
Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Feb 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A documentary explaining how the financial system collapsed in 2008
My Take on it – After watching The Big Short (2015) twice, I still was pretty clueless as to why what happened occurred because the way that movie presents things isn’t done in a way that is helpful to the economically challenged (or ignorant viewer) (like myself) 🙂
This movie does a much better job explaining things to us without being pretentious.
I found that interviews extremely fascinating but also loved the way that the questions kept getting more and more invasive which makes those interviewed feel even more and more defensive or lost because they don’t expect the “grilling” and have no way to easily get out of it.
This movie shows that there really is a string connection between politics and business and that it has been going on for decades, but have been strengthened over the past 30 years or so.
Definitely deserving of winning the Oscar for Best Documentary.
Bottom Line – Excellent explanation as to why what happened should have been foreseen and how it should have been prevented. Definitely makes a strong connection between politics and business and how things have changed so much over the past 30 years. Great companion piece to The Big Short (2015) because it tells things like it is and doesn’t pander and isn’t at all pretentious about it all. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On being interviewed about this film, Henry Rollins likened Charles Ferguson’s interviewing technique to “tightening the screws little by little until the interviewee starts to say “Ow…..ow…..ow and then, Stop the camera!” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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