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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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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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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$705,527 (USA) (11 December 2015)

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$70,235,322 (USA) (1 April 2016)
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Trivia

Steve Eiseman, the inspiration for the character Mark Baum, met CDO specialist Wing Chau at Okada, a Japanese restaurant at the Wynn Las Vegas. Okada had closed by the time this movie was shot, so Harrah's casino in New Orleans was used. See more »

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In a scene set on January 11, 2007, people walk around New York City dressed in only suits and dresses, with no jackets, hats, or other cold weather gear. Later the same day, someone crosses the street wearing only shorts and a tee shirt. January 2007 was unseasonably warm in New York; the high temperature on January 7th was 72 degrees (22 Celsius). See more »

Quotes

Lawrence Fields: [barging in] We have no confidence in your ability to identify macro-economic trends.
Michael Burry: You flew here to tell me that? Why? Every, e-e-anyone can see there's a real-estate bubble.
Lawrence Fields: Actually, no one can see a bubble, that's what makes it a bubble.
Michael Burry: That's dumb, Lawrence. There's always markers.
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References Da Ali G Show (2003) See more »

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Sweet Child O' Mine
Written by Steven Adler, Slash (as Saul Hudson), Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, and Izzy Stradlin
Performed by Guns N' Roses
Courtesy of Geffen Records
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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16 January 2016 | by (the Edge of the Cosmos) – See all my reviews

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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