Bill I’s Rating – 4.5 out of 5
Excellent, thriller believe it or not, even though the ending is not in doubt, i.e. the housing market collapses, some banks go under and others need to be bailed out, and many people lose huge percentages of their net worth. This is all based on real-life people and events (it’s based on Michael Lewis’ book), although officially a work of fiction. The director deploys cool techniques to educate the audience on what exactly are these “exotic” financial instruments that the banks created to profit on housing bonds, meanwhile exposing them to exponential risks, while some outsiders figure out how to profit on their prediction of a bursting bubble. Have fun when you watch how they explain this in simple terms. Realize after you see this movie that nothing essentially has changed that would prevent such a financial collapse from happening again, and these “too big to fail” mega firms from having to get bailed out by taxpayers once again.
Bill C’s Review – 4.5 out of 5
Not only is this a really entertaining movie, it’s an important movie that tells a story that we seem to have already forgotten and not learned from.
Director Adam McKay, mostly know as comedy director and his collaborations with Will Ferrell, surprises with his ability to clearly inform on a complex subject while throwing in non-traditional touches (I loved his photo montages) to draw us into the movie. He gets great and quirky performances from Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell and others.
As Bill says, ultimately this movie tells a sad/scary story that unfortunately could happen again. It makes you mad.