When the big banks created the biggest fraud in U.S. history, it seemed no one would be held accountable for the heinous acts perpetrated by Wall Street. In fact, it appeared that the big banks would be more rewarded rather than reprimanded for their actions, creating a stir among the already disenfranchised electorate which viewed the government’s role in the 2008 meltdown as implicit conspirators, happy to assuage the many lobbyists and campaign funders who control Washington D.C.
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Adam McKay’s “The Big Short,” which was pushed up to a December 11th, 2015 awards release date, seeks to answer some of the hotly derisive questions that went unanswered, most notably how the banks were able to perpetrate such a crooked and deceitful undertaking in broad daylight. Based on the bestselling novel by Michael Lewis, McKay’s all-star cast dives headfirst into the financial sector, an impenetrable maze of bureaucratic red tape matched by the largest criminal institutions in American history: federally-backed banks.