“The Big Short” busts the housing boom

(Image: Paramount Pictuers)

(Image: Paramount Pictuers)

“That’s not stupidity.  That’s fraud.”

And that’s the housing bubble of the Aughts. Based on the nonfiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, this film looks at the housing boom, and the handful of folks who knew things weren’t gonna stay high cotton for long.  C’mon now.  I knew this years before the crash, and I can’t add without a calculator. So I’m pumped to see this film. Synopsis!

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment has been cranking out some pretty sweet stuff — including Moneyball, based on another of Lewis’ books.  This trailer looks like more of the same awards-fodder quality.  And the use of Led Zeppelin’s When The Levee Breaks is perfection. The Big Short hits theaters December 23, 2015.

 

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