There’s a new movie about Wall Street and big business coming to theaters. No, not Oliver Stone’s over-hyped sequel to “Wall Street,” which as we all know gets released today (honestly, I feel like the only business reporter who hasn’t already seen it, seems like everybody in this ro0m except for John, Steve and I got invited to some press screening.) It also isn’t “The Social Network,” the anti-Zuckerberg screed being released today as well.
(Great side note: Zuckerberg is going on Oprah today to announce a $100 million donation to the Newark, N.J., school system. Of course, we’re all supposed to believe it has absolutely nothing to do with that movie. Of course not.)
No, the movie I’m talking about is “Inside Job,” which is being released here Oct. 8. It’s a positively scathing documentary about the financial crisis, and makes no bones about who is to blame: just about everybody inside banking and the government. I’ve seen only the trailer, again, no special press screenings for this reporter, but if you care about the things that this blog cares about, and if you’re reading I’ll assume you do, it ought to hold your interest.
(Interestingly, these aren’t the only business-related movies coming out; seems Hollywood is rediscovering Wall Street. Imaging how long it takes to get a movie from script-form to its premiere at Cannes, those producers must’ve jumped into action about Sept. 15, 2008.)
Yves Smith over at naked capitalism has a review. “‘Inside Job’ (is) an ambitious picture, clearly aiming to stir public anger and action by showing how criminally corrupt the financial services has become and how it has subverted government and the economics discipline,” she says. The film may not star Michael Douglas (although it is narrated by Matt Damon,) but then again old Gordo never wrecked the entire financial system. Just Bluestar.