An economic crisis is beginning in America, which will soon cover all the advanced countries. However, the most far-sighted and insightful businessmen will be able to orient themselves in time and play for a fall, while earning millions.
The protagonist of the film, Michael Burry, the owner of a hedge fund, is doing serious analytical work and comes to the conclusion that the US mortgage market will soon collapse, therefore, in order to make money, he must be short. To some extent, Michael takes risks, but he knows that if his calculations are correct, he will become a billionaire.
Burry boldly insures the deposits of his clients for gigantic amounts, perplexing experienced bankers who believe that the American financial market is more stable and unsinkable than ever. Some simply decide that Michael is crazy, and only a few people are closely watching the maneuvers of the cunning financier. Soon, having understood Bury's game, financiers Charles Geller, Ben Rickert, Jamie Shipley and Mark Baum follow his example. A little more than two years pass, and financial disaster, like a tsunami, hits America...