Four Horsemen Review

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Four Horsemen is a lo-fi doc that everyone interested in the global flow of money should see.

"What happened to the United States? At what moment did it all go bad? Was it disco, was it Donna Summers? Is that what killed America?"

Four Horsemen is a lo-fi doc that everyone interested in the global flow of money should see. Even if we are superficially aware of our collective financial troubles, Four Horsemen offers more than a cursory skim the Financial Times to deliver a passionate and direct explanation.

The film sheds light on the arcane details of economic practices. Illustrating its points through simple yet effective diagrams, it proves just how easy it can be to understand how money works and just how scary it is to learn that, apparently, 97 per cent of the money in the world is in fact debt.

Featuring many first time on-camera interviews with leading Economist and Nobel Memorial Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, New York’s Times bestselling author of ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit-Man’, John Perkins and a dozen financial experts from the precious metals industry and a Former Chief of Staff to US Secretary of State, director Ross Ashcroft uncovers the systemic, legalised corruption of governments and the banking system enabling the rich to get richer while the majority of the world lives in abject poverty – waiting for the magic of ‘trickle down’ economics to take effect.

Packed with 'eureka!' moments, you might even begin to question the difference between 'working for the man' and slavery: a slave works for their master and is given a place to live and food to eat – while modern workers earn a wage which affords them a roof over their head and food in their mouth. The only difference these days is that you can choose to change masters.

As the film shifts towards mapping the decline of Western civilisation as we know it, everything gets a bit hairy. But the basic premise of the film is summed up in a quote from Voltaire: "all paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – zero".

Four Horsemen is a message about apathy and consumerism, it’s an insightful and important film about the fate of humanity at the mercy of a corrupt government. There are very few counter arguments featured, and maybe that’s because there simply aren’t any that can refute the evidence presented by these experts who have witnessed the corruption first hand?

Are solutions offered? Yes, but it’s going to take a major shift in how world currently operates. It’s perhaps a little depressing, but it’s a film that says, inevitably, all great empires fall.

Anticipation

It’s a documentary on the economy, so no CG dinos here. Just hard facts all the way through.

2

Enjoyment

Being up on current affairs is cool.

4

In Retrospect

An educational, eye-opening, zero bells-and-whistles report on the state of western society.

3
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