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The Big Short (2015)

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Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

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Analyst
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Michael Burry's Mom
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Young Michael Burry
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Paul Baum
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Storyline

Three separate but parallel stories of the U.S mortgage housing crisis of 2005 are told. Michael Burry, an eccentric ex-physician turned one-eyed Scion Capital hedge fund manager, has traded traditional office attire for shorts, bare feet and a Supercuts haircut. He believes that the US housing market is built on a bubble that will burst within the next few years. Autonomy within the company allows Burry to do largely as he pleases, so Burry proceeds to bet against the housing market with the banks, who are more than happy to accept his proposal for something that has never happened in American history. The banks believe that Burry is a crackpot and therefore are confident in that they will win the deal. Jared Vennett with Deutschebank gets wind of what Burry is doing and, as an investor believes he too can cash in on Burry's beliefs. An errant telephone call to FrontPoint Partners gets this information into the hands of Mark Baum, an idealist who is fed up with the corruption in the ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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23 December 2015 (USA)  »

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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine  »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$705,527, 13 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,259,870

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,346,506
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Trivia

Michael Burry named his hedge fund company Scion Capital after a favorite childhood book, "The Scions of Shannara." Christian Bale is seen reading that book in one of his first scenes in the movie. See more »

Goofs

A New York street scene includes a billboard for the Dude Perfect YouTube channel, created in March 2009. See more »

Quotes

Mark Baum: The banks have given us 25% interest rates on credit cards. They have screwed us on student loans that we can never get out from under. Then this guy walks into my office and says those same banks got greedy, they lost track of the market, and I can profit off of their stupidity? Fuck, yeah, I want him to be right!
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Featured in 73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016) See more »

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Burning Up
Written by Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu
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Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions Ltd.
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Informative and somehow interesting...
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First of all don't be fooled by other reviews. This movie is neither a crap nor a masterpiece.

It has a lot of technical terms and jargon from the world of economics and despite the obvious effort to explain things (including breaking the 4th wall (i.e. talking direct to the audience while looking into the camera), and cameo appearances from movies stars like Margot Robbie and Selina Gomez) you will probably fail to understand in depth the mechanics of what is happening.

The world of banks, funds, bonds, financing and the stock market will remain a mystery for most of the viewers.

Big names of Hollywood star in the Big Short including Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and others. They play real persons, who had an insight on the global economic crisis we probably still experiencing.

As a movie it has its own style. Something of a documentary, a comedy sometimes, but essentially a drama since the crisis cost 8 million people their job and their homes.

People who are impressed easily might tell you this is a "masterpiece". Believe me it isn't. But I recommend to see it. Even better at home where you can pause or rewind the movie to understand better. It is lengthy (130min) but you won't get bored. It needs some patience though especially in the beginning and not to be disappointed when terms like CDO, payouts etc. are starting to emerge.


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