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A thriller that revolves around the key people at a 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.
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.
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…
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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,…
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…
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.
Want to know what the fuck happened to the economy in 2008? Watch Margin Call!
catching up on J.C. Chandor cos he seems like a neat guy & I'm working my way up to A Most Violent Year, with sweet redford in the middle on his lil boat.
i really liked this. really great script, detailed & personal & always feels well informed. it doesn't talk down to the viewer (it took me a while to figure out exactly what was happening because I dont know anything about banks or stocks or whatever) but it doesn't feel like a smartass. it just feels factual and involved. like you're reading a good textbook, and you'll get it if you follow closely.
Kevin Spacey is better here than i think he's been on house of cards ever. Everyone is doing…
Great thriller about 2008 financial crisis. I prefer Kevin spacey as frank underwood though.
the stellar cast almost makes me like this movie, almost. Some of the dialogue had me cringing hard.
Chilling, intense, unflinching take on the moment the financial crisis hit. Brilliantly acted from a stellar cast. I loved the way it built from the lowest level analysts to the CEO of the company
[...] MARGIN CALL begeht nicht den Fehler, der nach der globalen Finanzkrise, der Bankenkrise, der Euro-Krise nahe liegend gewesen wäre, nämlich mit dem Finger zu zeigen und zu rufen: Da sind sie, die bösen Bänker die mit ihrer Gier alles zu Fall gebracht haben. Stattdessen zeigt Regisseur Chandor uns Menschen. Menschen die mit dem Feuer gespielt haben, das Risiko wohl wissentlich ignoriert und am Ende genau das versuchen, was jeder Mensch versuchen würde wenn er mit dem Rücken zum Abgrund steht: Seinen eigenen Arsch retten. Das ist nicht verwerflich, das ist nicht ungewöhnlich, das ist einfach nur menschlich. [...]
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It's hard to believe that this is J.C. Chandor's first film. Margin Call is made with such an assured hand that it's a pretty amazing achievement.
The ensemble cast works so well (other than Demi Moore who is so far out of her depth here she probably felt uncomfortable.) Jeremy Irons is perfect in this. Spacey and Tucci are both excellent. The way Chandor builds up the tension and claustrophobia is really impressive. This almost operates as a disaster movie without ever having anything close to an action scene.
The script is mostly great, with a few missteps along the way. There's a certain Mamet influence here, particularly the way the dialogue tends to land on silences and certain words…
Ich habe keine Ahnung von den ganzen Fachbegriffen, die Margin Call durch den Raum wirft, fand ihn aber trotzdem extrem unterhaltsam. Tolle Schauspieler und eine (selbst für Laien) interessante Story.
Not ground breaking but definitely chilling. The casual way obscene amounts of money are deal with is well played.
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