The movie follows several different characters, each with their own unique perspective on the impending financial crisis. One group of characters is made up of hedge fund manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale), who discovers that the housing market is built on a bubble and decides to bet against it by investing heavily in credit default swaps. Another group includes Steve Eisman (Steve Carell) and Mark Baum (based on real-life hedge fund manager Steve Eisman), who are also betting against the housing market.
As the crisis unfolds, the characters face numerous obstacles, including skepticism from their colleagues and pushback from the financial institutions they are betting against. Eventually, the crisis comes to a head, and the characters are proven right, but not without significant personal and professional cost.
The Big Short features an ensemble cast of talented actors, including Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt. Each actor delivers a strong performance, bringing their respective characters to life with nuance and complexity.
The Big Short was filmed on location in several cities, including New Orleans, New York, and Las Vegas. Director Adam McKay employs a fast-paced, energetic visual style, using split screens and other techniques to keep the audience engaged and informed.