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The Big Short

  • 2015
  • R
  • 130min
  • 88%
  • 7.8 / 10

The film is made up of three stories that are concurrent, all rounding off to the 2008 market crash in housing. Michael Burry believes the housing market is unstable and high risk but takes a long term bet anyway. When the market does collapse, he left some people irate but gained $2.69 billion for funding and comes away happy. Jerad Bennett enters the market, earning on selling the swaps to firms who will profit when the bonds fail. When the market collapses, he gains $1 billion in profit. Investors Charlie Geller and Jamie Shipley successfully make an even profit, shorting the higher-rated AA mortgage securities, as they were considered highly stable and carry a much higher payout ratio. When the market crashes they make a profit of $80 million.

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Actor Christian Bale met with Dr. Michael Burry, the character he portrays in the film, and asked to have one of Burry's cargo shorts and a t-shirt, which he wore in the movie. Bale did not, however, share any screen time with the other cast members. Brad Pitt has also appeared in another biographical film based on Michael Lewis's book, Moneyball. The film, The Big Short, is Adam McKay's directorial debut. There were cameos from personalities like Anthony Bourdain and actress Margot Robbie, who were employed in fourth wall breaking scenes in order to explain to explain finance concepts.

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The Big Short is a biographical comedy-drama film that came out in 2015, directed by Adam McKay, about the 2007-2008 financial crises that was triggered by the United States housing bubble. The film is based on the book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine”, written by Michael Lewis. The movie features the performances of actors such as Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock, and Marisa Tomei. The film was a box office success, making $133 million on a $50 million production budget.