A movie set in 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps.
His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.
“The Chairman” – I have to start off by saying this is an excellent movie that gave me an “Inception Headache” (this is a movie so good and so complex that it makes your head hurt during and after seeing – normally reserved for Christopher Nolan), the cast is so talented and well constructed it will force you relate to anyone of the characters…..I personally felt this connection with Steve Carell, the visceral anger he has throughout the movie at people’s stupidity is something to behold.
You are guaranteed to hate bankers and hedge-fund managers after watching this, their blatant disregard for the well-being of the common man is quite frankly despicable and how only 1 person got prosecuted for this 2008 collapse (yes, 1….stop crying!) is a crime in itself.
Another surprising aspect of this production is the director, Adam McKay….yes, that Adam McKay of such insist classics such as GET HARD & THE CAMPAIGN, will now forever be known as Oscar Nominated Adam McKay. The comedic sensibility that he brings to the table helps the audience avoid losing their mind through anger for the flawed system that the housing market was and still being modeled on.
Please go watch this as soon as possible, warning….DON’T GO IN ANGRY, you might hurt someone. 8.5/10
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