The Big Short

The Big Short

Adam McKay (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Swinging masterfully between irreverence and incredulity, The Big Short courageously tells the story of the men who saw the 2008 financial crash coming and decided to bet it all on global economic catastrophe. Based on Michael Lewis's non-fiction bestseller, it sees co-writer/director Adam McKay (Anchorman) make the successful jump from broad comedy to incisive satire. With its energetic editing, fidgety camerawork and cocksure humour, it apes the restless swagger of the world of high finance. McKay and co-writer Charles Randolph find fun ways to explain challenging concepts (The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie talks us through mortgage bonds) and the charismatic cast are uniformly superb; Christian Bale and Steve Carell's hedge fund managers are a bundle of neuroses while Ryan Gosling steals the show as a ruthless trader. Meanwhile producer Brad Pitt is quietly impressive as an ex-banker pulled back into the game. Deftly drawing out the moral compromises, obstructive complexities and unbelievable injustices of this risky business, the film manages to be entertaining and accessible as well as frighteningly credible.


Four investors each become aware of a flaw in the housing market that makes a financial crisis in the next few years inevitable. Each comes up with a plan to profit from the coming economic meltdown, but as their predictions come true, they are confronted with the devastating consequences for ordinary people. Fact-based drama, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

Cast & Crew

Michael Burry Christian Bale
Mark Baum Steve Carell
Jared Vennett Ryan Gosling
Ben Rickert Brad Pitt
Georgia Hale Melissa Leo
Danny Moses Rafe Spall
Jamie Shipley Finn Wittrock
Cynthia Baum Marisa Tomei
Lawrence Fields Tracy Letts
Evie Karen Gillan
Selena Gomez Selena Gomez
Margot Robbie Margot Robbie
Mortgage broker Max Greenfield
Vinny Daniel Jeremy Strong
Porter Collins Hamish Linklater
Mr Chau Byron Mann
Director Adam McKay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Swearing, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Jan 2016