Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Big Short (2015)

Academy Awards, USA 2016

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Charles Randolph
Adam McKay
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Brad Pitt
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale
Best Achievement in Directing
Adam McKay
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Hank Corwin

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Adam McKay
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Paramount)

A few eccentric and insightful money managers discover that the US housing market is unstable and may collapse. They convince banks to let them bet against it, potentially netting billions. The ticking time bomb worries their investors since the housing market is considered rock solid. When it actually begins to happen, their pay off may also signal the collapse of the world economy. The writers try to simplify the complex financial intricacies with comedy and fourth-wall breaking asides to the viewer. These gimmicks are more distracting than useful, not to mention the shaky camera and constant zooms. If you can get past all of that, there is an important story here, even if we all know the outcome ahead of time.

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