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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.
GET FIRED , IT'S LIKE ...
... 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,…
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…
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…
Seeing the name of J.C Chandor’s Margin Call among the nominees of Best Original Screenplay in 84th Academy Awards was a pleasant surprise, many people weren’t aware of the very existence of such movie, an independent film analyzing the roots of the recent financial crisis by telling the story of the imminent downfall of a giant company. Margin Call is full of details, almost all the acts, dialogues and expressions serve a purpose, the way Jeremy Irons moves his hands in the executive committee meeting, the way Paul Bettany smokes, the way Kevin Spacy is digging to bury his dog, the way Demi Moore sits in his room and so many other situations are all examples of how subtle and…
It takes a special talent to make a film about a subject and, for quite a lot of the running time, have much of your audience wonder what the hell anyone is talking about. It has to be a special talent because how else would a film like Margin Call end up being so utterly riveting?
The purported plot sees a troubled Wall Street investment bank wrestle with the decision to sell off all its assets, assets they know are very soon to be worthless, after discovering that the firm has reached the limits of its spending and risk plunging the stock market and banking sector into crisis as a result.
What I watched it as was, "Some bad stuff's…
"You're one of the luckiest guys in the world, Sam. You could been digging ditches all these years."
"That's true. And if I had, at least there'd be some holes in the ground to show for it."
As a graduate student in physics, one of the realities you are presented with is that you could drop out of school, become a quant for a company on Wall Street, and quickly earn more money than you could ever hope to earn in any field of science. If nothing else, Margin Call served as an affirmation for me, that I am pursuing the correct path. At one point, an inveterate trader - formerly a mechanical engineer - muses upon the fact that…
not gonna rate this cause WOW, what a snoozer!
tries to be thrillingly intricate/elliptical/procedural, ends up as completely dang boring. it's one of those movies that feels commissioned by high school teachers for the days when they're not up to a lesson, and so put on something vaguely related to the day's topic.
the filmmaking...i dunno. color-graded to shit and sort of just glancingly competent, bouncing off the edges of my attention. eh. eh. ehhhhhhhhhhhh. the script goes from deliberately terse to unspooling writerly treatises on uh - good and evil? money? fuck, man. i was eating a salad and frankly i could tell you more about that tasty little guy right now.
This screenplay doesn't hand-hold the audience; no credulity-stretching "explain like I'm five" white board exposition to yank the viewer out of the flow of events. Interesting subject matter (both intellectually and morally), solid writing, and excellent casting. The symbolism of Sam's dying dog is nicely woven through the narrative.
The movie Margin Call is based on a true story, 24hrs before Lehman Brothers collapse. I literally hate this movie. It is sad, but the movie exactly shows the reality of our world. From the beginning, when Eric was dismissed from his job, I feel really bad. An executive director decided on personnel reduction, Eric suddenly got fired. However, that is the disgusting fact that we will confront in our future. People act in obedience to the orders of people who have power. Moreover, this movie again shows ‘Moral Hazard’. Peter analyzed the data, which he got from Eric and figured out some critical problem from their derivative products his company will face a serious crisis. Therefore, they decided to…
Se por um lado o filme tem um virtuosismo formal e dramático bastante seguro de si e, de fato, funcional, tenho a impressão que no final das contas ele se acha um pouco mais profundo e inteligente do que realmente é. Ainda assim é um dos filmes menos simplistas sobre a crise (apesar de algumas escorregadas mais óbvias), consegue partir daquele momento para fundar todo um mote dramático que se legitima muito bem justamente por se focar quase que unicamente na encenação em si. Ele perde força nos dramas paralelos, principalmente na pretensa questão moral do personagem do Kevin Spacey, ou no mais do que dispensável papel do analista júnior.
What really struck me about this film was how bluntly it tried to depict the truth behind those making a living on Wall Street. Though I can't speak to how accurate these depictions really are, I imagine that they are more than just "in the ballpark." The director was successful in portraying a sense of cold heartlessness that I assume was pervasive throughout the Wall Street community. Characters were calculated and money-driven, willing to do anything to save their butts and fortunes, no matter the expense to their colleagues and compatriots. I thought that the slow-paced nature of the film suited this quite well. It wasn't tacky and full of action, because that frankly wouldn't be realistic. Instead, the pace…
How does a first-time writer/director get people like Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci and Demi Moore to participate in his debut feature? Simple: he writes a bomb-diggity script that makes said actors wet themselves a little...
7/10: All round top notch performances with good characters and amazing cinematography. The backdrop and setting are tense despite the unconventional plot and pace. May not be suitable for those who dislike heavy dialogue.
Margin Call is a great film about the financial crisis with a knock out cast and a fantastic script from director J.C. Chandor. Good cinematography, music and atmosphere also helps the dialogue driven film. It's never boring and constantly engaging with great character both sympathetic and also vile. Still as relevant as it was when it was made.
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