RTR D: Charles Ferguson. U.S.. 108 min. Sep 9, 9 pm Ryerson; Sep 11, 1 pm AMC 6 Rating: NNNNN Why should financial engineers be paid so much more than real engineers? Ferguson’s scathing indictment is a lively primer on how the global economic crisis of 2008 happened and the naked greed that fuelled it. It also looks at the criminality of the investment banks that corrupted the institutions meant to oversee them.
The director deftly unfurls his argument with mounting evidence of the slick collaboration and interconnectivity between academics, government and investment banks. Even more interesting than the cooperative witnesses who illuminate the case and the figures who refuse to be filmed are those who realize mid-interview that they’ve just put their foot in their mouth.