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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.
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.
After watching The Big Short this was just too flat and too uninteresting. But, come to think of it, it probably would have been just the same either way.
When Mitt Romney campaigned for President in 2012 he was quoted in saying "Corporations are people too." I bet he'd love this movie, cause goddamn Margin Call does a good job of doing just that.
If you want a compelling drama set in the world of finance, give it a try!
A more tonally consistent, focused, and honest take on the beginning of the 2008 housing bubble than The Big Short. Some artistic license and exaggeration is taken to expand the thesis of the movie into something palatably thrilling and exciting, but if that's what it takes to maintain the interest of "normal" people, then I'm on board.
A lone sociopath is not sufficient to destroy an economy; it takes an army of people whose individual greed veiled as necessity is enough to remain complicit in disastrously harmful actions.
I like how the first half (from Quinto's discovery to Jeremy Irons' first appearance) is like an extended version of that joke from Hot Fuzz where they keep going up the chain of command - from Freeman to Coogan to Nighy. Kinda wish it just kept going, ending up with the president or something
Between 2.5 and 3 stars for me. It's an enjoyable film that's fun but sadly held back by a terrible script.
Between the cringe-worthy quip based dialogue, the sophomoric attempts at depth in scenes (Quinto and Badgley being yuppies lamenting over whether strippers earn as much as they do in comparison being a particular moment) and a general lack of explanation or even understanding of what's happening in the script makes the whole film come off as very first timer.
Come for a slick, well-made film about numbers, banking & financial disaster. Stay for a far more powerful study of morality and basic human nature.
Can't praise this script enough. Chandor nails it.
"I don't get any of this stuff." I can relate. However, I have to say that this is a pretty solid movie regardless. Even if there's a lot of talk that goes past my head, it's still pretty good.
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