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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.
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…
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,…
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…
Liked this even more on a second viewing. My girlfriend also tells me there are lots of cute boys in the film as well. So there's something for everyone, I guess.
J.C. Chandor's stunningly confident debut is an important film for anyone looking for insight into the kind of thinking that led to the recent recession. Chandor's tightly constructed script (it wouldn't be that hard to produce this as a play) details what happens when a young analyst at an investment firm (Zachary Quinto) discovers that the firm's risky practices have brought it to the brink of collapse. The result is a slow march to a decision that will keep the doors open for the moment (save for some layoffs) but lead to turmoil in the markets and a loss of credibility. Caught up in the mess are Kevin Spacey, very good as a world-weary senior trader, and Paul Bettany as…
Watched in three sittings. And it grew on me. Or it may gave been the jet lag?
Either way, I wouldn't have guessed that this particular subject matter could be dramatised and hold your attention.
It's interesting to think what you would do if placed in the circumstances these characters find themselves. There are no good answers, really.
I've now seen all three of J. C. Chandor's movies, and while I like All Is Lost the most, Margin Call is still really good - especially in that it made me care about economic developments that I didn't really understand. Plus the cast is great.
I overall enjoyed this film but I did not understand the dog subplot it seemed very unnecessary in a film that didn't focus on the personal aspects of any other part of the characters life in it. Maybe the significance of it just flew over my head.
JC Chandor just became, in my opinion, one of the best directors working today but also one of the best writers.
This script just gets the job done.
Big cast. So why had I not heard of this? No explosions, no car chases, no nudity, just good solid acting and a story that needs thinking about - that's why.
Intriguing, then almost captivating, then catastrophically anti-climactic. Sad, sad panda.
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