The Big Short | 2015

Directed by: Adam McKay

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Main Plot

The Big Short follows a group of individuals who predict the impending collapse of the housing market and decide to bet against it. As they navigate the complexities of the financial world, they face skepticism and resistance from those around them. Despite facing numerous obstacles, they ultimately find success in their risky venture, but not without facing the consequences of their actions. The film sheds light on the greed and corruption that led to the 2008 financial crisis, while also highlighting the few who saw it coming and took advantage of the situation.


  • Michael Burry - A hedge fund manager who predicts the housing market crash and bets against the market, leading to significant financial gains for himself and his investors.
  • Mark Baum, a hedge fund manager, is one of the main characters in the film. He is a cynical and outspoken investor who uncovers the impending financial crisis.
  • Jared Vennett, a slick and confident bond salesman who teams up with hedge fund manager Mark Baum to bet against the housing market before the 2008 financial crisis.


In the conclusion of The Big Short, the main characters successfully predict the housing market crash and profit greatly from their investments. Despite their financial gains, they are left feeling conflicted about profiting off of the suffering of others. The film ends with a sense of unease and uncertainty as the characters reflect on the impact of the crisis on the economy and society as a whole. The closing credits reveal the aftermath of the financial crisis, highlighting the widespread devastation it caused. Overall, the film serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked greed and the importance of holding those responsible for the crisis accountable.

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