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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.
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…
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…
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…
After Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci) is fired from an investment firm, he hands off his work to Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) who discovers that a calculation error has led the company to an impending financial ruin. The next twenty-four hours is spent trying desperately to save the company as well as the market for the entire economy.
I am still, as are most people, pretty much utterly confused over exactly what put us in the current economic state we are in. I know bits and pieces but for the most part it confuses me to a point where I really don't care as long as we get out of it. But I feel like this movie has helped me in…
Like any tragedy, when a risque joke is told or a movie made of the events, people ask "was it too soon?"
One could argue in this case, perhaps not soon enough.
As viewers, we are thrown into the dealing room of a fictional Wall Street trading firm. Severance staff are searching the building for fresh meat to throw to the wolves, it's corporate downsizing time and there is much blood on the carpet.
One such victim is Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci) a Risk Manager, which in many corporations was an endangered species. With much money to be made, assessing risks and acting as the curb on lending, trading positions or leveraging excesses, was the equivalent of being the safety…
Aunque es Kevin Spacey quien lleva casi todo el peso de la trama, la película tiene varias escenas memorables, como el monólogo de Paul Bettany en el descapotable o la conversación entre Jeremy Irons y el propio Spacey en el restaurante, cerca del final. 'Margin Call', opera prima de J.C Chandor, es un acertado retrato de los últimos días que precedieron al inicio de la crisis financiera de 2008, centrada en la firma de inversión Lenhman Brothers -a pesar de que en ningún momento se nombra- y en las consecuencias, como la falta de ética y escrúpulos, la codicia o la poca preparación de algunos trabajadores, que llevaron a la empresa a la bancarrota y provocaron una de las mayores crisis financieras de la historia.
After a promising opening this falls flat. Uninspired script, uninspired acting, uninspired camerawork. Avoid!
Twas alright. Filled a certain niche but otherwise, eh. The performances were good.
This is probably a pretty accurate picture of what goes on when a financial institution knows a crisis is about to happen. And since we're all waiting for the next one, which should be just around the corner because no fundamental changes have been made since the last one, this scenario will play out again in the not too distant future. Excellently scripted and directed by J.C. Chandor, a talent who will bring us many interesting and well made films in the future.
I'm not sure if the major "things are going to get bad because these numbers here say so" plot driver was intentionally vague because the filmmakers assumed I wouldn't understand the specifics, or if it just seemed vague because, to be honest, I'd never understand the specifics.
Still, I feel like there was a lot of nitty gritty this film could have delved into and I'd have been perfectly happy to have not understood it, but to have gotten to hear characters talk about it like they understood it.
There are few things more enjoyable than watching people smarter than you, flex those brain muscles. And I sorta missed that here.
Regardless, this is an impressive debut. Probably most impressive in the way that it juggles a massive power-hitter cast and gives everyone a chance to feel fleshed out and well-rounded.
After seeing A Most Violent Year and loving it, I decided to check out some other work by J.C Chandor. Margin Call has an interesting premise, but at the end of the day I can't say it was too enjoyable. Some of the things that bothered me include: a few of the characters, how vague they were when referring to the situation presented in the film, and the ending. There was not a single sympathetic or relatable character, and there was no character development. This film was similar to A Most Violent Year, except it was missing many of the good qualities from that film. The main example that comes to mind is the lack of an interesting protagonist (the protagonist in Margin Call is the guy on the back left side of the cover-art).
This is a cracking portrayal of the true live decision making made by large financial houses in 2008 which brought our economies to the brink.
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