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A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.
Jeremy Irons has an Oscar. Kevin Spacey has two Oscars. J.C. Chandor will have one very soon if he continues to deliver anything as good as this and All Is Lost.
Margin Call is one of the better fictional films about the economic crisis. In fact, with the competition being so inept (see The Company Men for proof of this) it could well be the best. Rather than chronicling the collapse from the perspective of the average man on the street it takes the braver position of showing how it impacted on the investment bankers that were part of the problem. Considering most people want to lynch these irresponsible number pushers it is interesting to see writer-director, J.C. Chandor, wanting to humanise society’s new public enemy number one.
For the most part he does a good job showing how their lack of foresight brought down the entire house of cards. Over…
Gotta give WOLF OF WALL STREET some credit - it gave me an appetite for entertainment about The Street and its denizens that was left mostly unsatisfied by Scorsese's film. I've been reading LIAR'S POKER - Michael Lewis's fantastic account of the rise and fall of Solomon Brothers in the late 80s. And then last night I finally caught up with the excellent MARGIN CALL. I guess one of my primary gripes with WOWS was my lack of interest in spending time with its characters and their antics, while also still being interested in the mechanics of their operation. MARGIN CALL is all mechanics. Thrillingly so. Maybe even more of a gut punch a couple years later, as the stock market recovers and we start to forget our rage at these gamblers as they start to line our purses again. As if anything has changed.
When the shit hit the fan for the banking industry back in 2007 very few people outside the corridors of investment banking really gave a shit. That changed considerably when the fallout affected everyone from the man in the street to wealthy executives. The monumental fuck-ups of these overpaid, bonus obsessed scumbags changed the world...forever.
A fictitious Wall Street investment bank going through a tough time discovers that certain parameters that control the volatile trading limits have been breached and that a critical meltdown of their company is imminent. As complex models of the company's financial stability show serious problems, especially in their mortgage and risk departments, it appears their mountain of toxic debt is going to bury them. 2:00am…
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... Is like ... losing everything and anything that makes you get rich, will lean cows and the milk they are spouting sour and no longer make you richer, and the flesh has rotted and no longer has the to drink or eat, and times of plenty is over. And their horses were killed, mangled, butchered, and disappeared from their thick and steady hands. And not only their horses disappeared from their properties, and pigs; fat and rosy creatures too, and his hands have lost their strength to tie them. Because there's nothing left for you. You are weak and powerless.
And, if you have no more to claim will not be your patience,…
This is one of those movies where everyone calls flawless but I think it's well done on a acting and directing point of view, but I do think it's a bit overrated in my opinion.
The story to Margin Call takes place in 2008 as a tense action as we follow one 24-hour period at an investment bank just before the financial crisis hits.
Margin Call is a movie that I thought was alright. I do think the movie is well acted and nicely written, but to me the movie is a slow burn and I just don't think it's brilliant as people thought it was. It's not a bad film but I don't think it's a great film, just alright in my opinion.
If The Big Short was the film that made me want to punch a banker, Margin Call is the one that made me want to take the banker home, give him/her a warm bowl of soup and a hug.
Set over the course of 36 hours, the film tells the story of the people who saw the 2008 economic crash coming and used it for their gain. The film is excellent at establishing the feeling of impending doom, and the tight time frame makes you feel like this is an urgent problem. First time director JC Chandor also does a great job of setting a visual aesthetic. The film is drab and bleak, but purposefully so. Everything is set up…
MARGIN CALL tells a similar story to the big short but isn't as exciting. I never felt emotionally invested into these characters and felt their conversations on what was happening were very general and broad. Overall a mediocre and boring film.
Bästa skildringen av finanskrisen på film kanske om Wall street överhuvudtaget. Jeremy Irons är fantastisk. Borde fått större genomslag. Mycket bättre och tätare än Wall street och Wolf of Wall street.
Margin Call was...interesting, but I must admit it didn't draw me in as much as I expected. Its not that I dislike this film which deals with the 07-08 financial crisis in a fictional Wall Street investment bank, but I never fully invested in the overall picture. Personality wise these are well fleshed out characters, in the pretty short running time you come to know them pretty well. I just didn't fully get into and fully feel some of the talks they have, I'm not going to pretend I'm an expert on this stuff and although you get the whole picture, the in depth look didn't always grip me.
J. C. Chandor directs and writes and he does a decent…
Cynical Kevin Spacey is tiresome; Sappy Kevin Spacey is unconvincing. The best Kevin Spacey characters are like Jack Vincennes in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL - ultimately trying to do the right thing without harboring any illusions. That MARGIN CALL features Spacey's strongest work since that film - almost 20 years - is largely because his veteran Wall Street broker is neither a cutthroat Gordon Gekko nor an idealistic Hal Halbrook: it grieves him not to do the right thing, but he's practical enough to do it anyway. (For good karma, there's also Simon Baker, the naive actor doomed by Vincennes in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, in the cast as Spacey's younger boss.)
MARGIN CALL is yet another recent cinematic play, a film written directly…
Dobar film o pozadini ekonomske krize iz 2008. Spejsi i Ajrons sjajni.
Yup, that boy J.C. can write the hell out of everyone & everything. I guess we could call him.... Jay-Z.
The 2008 financial crisis is an interesting topic and Margin Call tells it in a slightly unconventional way: through the financial people who were right at the centre. The characters on screen do not suffer the same economic costs of the crisis that the poor did but their perspectives are important and valid. The cast is all exemplary and the writing and direction by J.C. Chandor generally very tight. The film is almost always interesting and watching the characters bring in people higher and higher up the chain of the command make it comepelling. Some flaws with the film would be a rather superflouous subplot featuring Kevin Spacey's dog which serves no purpose and the fact that every now and…
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