The global financial crisis threatened the collapse of the largest financial institutions in the world in 2008, and now an insider look at the economic catastrophe is coming to the big screen with the movie The Big Short.
This in-depth movie about the economic crash of the late 2000s comes to you from director Adam Mckay. Yes that Adam McKay that brought you Anchorman and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Along with the comedic writer, comes an all-star cast of Ryan Gosling, Karen Gillan, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei and Selena Gomez.
This has a little bit of a Wolf Of Wall Street feel to it because the plot revolves around the men who made millions from the global economic crisis.
The movie is based on the book of the same title by Michael Lewis, who also wrote Moneyball. A description of the book:
The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower–and middle–class Americans who can’t pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren’t talking.
The Hollywood Reporter gives insight on the characters:
Carell is Steve Eisman, a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages for FrontPoint Partners, while Gosling is Deutsche Bank trader Greg Lippmann. Bale is Michael Burry, the founder of the Scion Capital and one of the first people to predict the coming crisis. And Pitt, in more of a supporting part, is Ben Hockett, a partner at Cornwall Capital.
The Big Short hits theaters this Christmas.