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Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.
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…
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,…
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.
This is a good film about economic crisis showed from the side of the people that found out that something wrong was going on. The performances are great and the way the story evolves is excellent. Still, it has a lot of economic terms and expressions which might lead to some confusion in audience.
Great movie! Like the other side of Big Short. But what Bank were they supposed to be working for? Bear Sterns? Goldman Sachs?
I'm not an economics buff...okay I know crap about economics but I enjoyed this. And Zach looked so good.
It's okay that a film uses lots of technical terms and talk about professional mumbo-jumbo that goes far above my head, but when a third of the film consists of trying to explain what's going on to the audience, and I still haven't got a clue what their talking about, then it's an issue.
Margin Call tried to explain (I'm guessing) the financial crisis before The Big Short, and I still understand very little about what actually happened. But Margin Call manages to make itself compelling by giving us characters we can engage with, people with human flaws and desires.
The directing is sharp, the acting is good, and though it feels undeserved, I really liked Margin Call.
Once upon a time, years and years ago (2008 seems like eons) – there was a financial meltdown that was caused in no small part by banks and investment brokerages dealing in sub-prime loans. Their motis was to buy these iffy loans (sold originally to people whose ability to pay once their teaser rates expired was suspect) and then package them with other more acceptable commodities and sell off to another firm – this back and forth feeding frenzy of greed at its finest is a simplification of what caused the 08 crash. The subject is complex and often hard to follow, but this intelligent script by writer/director J.C. Chandor does a nice job of laying it all out there…
The writing and direction here is pretty spectacular. It's a film about men in board rooms arguing about whether to fall or to jump off a cliff, and that pretty compelling when you have such a great group of actors.
The ensemble here is stellar, but an extra half star for Jeremy Irons and his magnificent voice (and hair).
The dog is the housing market.
Margin Call is deeply immersive thanks to the tremendous direction and fantastic cast.
"There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat."
While I cannot speak to the accuracy of the depiction of one firm’s collapse during financial crisis of 2008, what I can say about writer and director J.C. Chandor’s debut is that it looks, feels and sounds authentic. The only flaw I can find in this financial drama is that Chandor tries a bit too hard to turn this expose into a thriller. That is tiny complaint when the rest of this works so bloody well. The performances are terrific all around and the dialogue the characters recite manages to balance the business speak and complicated terminology without ever losing the audience.
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