The film takes on the banking elite and exposes the corruption and sheer unaccountable nature of the ruling class.
Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.
During the screening, Pitt, and director Adam McKay, both revealed that their interests in this film were not just theatrical. The duo bravely expressed their discontent with the criminal banking cartels.
When Pitt was asked if banks should have been held responsible for the crisis that inspired the film, Pitt replied with a sigh, “I’m as frustrated as you are . . . I think it’s horrible that no bank officials have ever been held accountable. Therefore, there’s no incentive to stop this behavior.”
After Pitt had expressed his uneasiness, McKay took a unique stance as far as Hollywood goes, and blasted the Obama administration for its failure to prosecute the bankers.
McKay said, “We did a screening . . . Nancy Pelosi was there . . . We talked about that. It’s the oldest scam . . . [Bankers] tell the leaders, ‘If you put us in jail, you’ll ruin the economy’ . . . I think Obama has done a lot of good things, but I think one of the big black marks on his presidency is that no one went to jail.”
The power of Hollywood to influence and educate the public is enormous. However, most of the fluff oozing out of Hollywood merely props up the status quo and refuses to challenge the paradigm.
When Hollywood insiders risk ostracization from the industry elite by calling out criminals within the establishment, they certainly deserve acclaim.
While there are certainly other issues to disagree with Brad Pitt and Adam McKay on, the fact that they have made such a bold statement against the banking elite is noteworthy, to say the least.