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I am sure all of us can remember the financial crisis of 2008, but can any of us really explain what exactly happened? Do we actually know why the government bailed-out the national banks and why the housing market practically imploded? The answer is most likely no, and it is okay neither can I. So, take this opportunity now and drop what you are doing and see The Big Short. It is a brilliant indictment of the financial systems of America and allows you to see what exactly the banks did and got away with.
The Big Short, which is based on Michael Lewis book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, follows a group of outsiders that were able to predict the build-up and eventual collapse of the financial and housing bubble. More specifically, the film follows Dr. Michael Burry (Christian Bale), Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), Ben Rickert (Pitt), and Mark Baum (Steve Carell) as they all begin to take on the big banks and prove that the most stable investment, the housing market, is destined to blow.
Earlier this year, we had a great biblical epic in the form of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. In that adaptation, Aronofsky was able to recreate the story of Noah by inserting his own unique spin on it. The film was extremely personal, ambitious, and was filled with imagination, emotion, and heart. So, with Ridley Scott joining the Biblical genre with his own film and all-star cast, there has been obvious comparisons. Unfortunately, that is where the comparisons need to end. Exodus: Gods and Kings is no Noah. In fact, it is painfully underwhelming.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is an epic adventure that tries to give a new modern spin to one of the most well known stories in the Bible. The film follows the courageous military leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he learns of his true past and is guided towards his destiny. After seeing the excessive Egyptian lifestyle and the horrific conditions the 600,000 slaves live and work in, Moses must fulfill his prophecy and rise up against the Egyptians. This leads to the monumental escape from Egypt and the journey to reach the Promise Land.