Four Horsemen unashamedly puts forward a clear agenda, recognising the need for drastic change in global fiscal policies to prevent devastating the next generation. Unfortunately, with the release of Charles Ferguson's arresting 2011 documentary Inside Job (which deals with very similar issues), Ashcroft's film feels a little like last week's news.
Ashcroft's documentary is enjoyable and informative in its approach, stripping back to basics by presenting straightforward graphics and illustrations that explain the multifaceted problems and systems. Educational and eye-opening, arguably the film's greatest quality is that as well as raising issues, it attempts to give answers. The researchers have done their work, and Four Horsemen boasts interviews with over 20 international 'thinkers' who provide insight on the issues raised.
As admirable as the project is, a documentary lasting a slender 97 minutes obviously can't give an in depth treatment to such complex problems, and those better-informed on the topics raised may find it patronising in its swift approach. It's unlikely that Four Horsemen will spark a revolution, but you will be educated and entertained, and for that alone Ashcroft's film is well worth a watch.