History Repeats Itself: First as Tragedy, Second as Farce.
This movie's portfolio is full of good acting stock but most of the actors seem tired or uninterested. Maybe they are distracted by the memories of all the money they lost in the real financial crisis.
Despite what you might think for a film set at the start of the financial crisis, it feels like remarkably little actually happens. And when every character is an investment banker, I cannot imagine how the pitch ever succeeded. But when the cast is this good (Spacey, Irons, Tucci, Moore, Bettany, Quinto), you honestly will not care. The real triumph of the film is in depicting each banker as a fully realised person: in turns despicable, admirable and pathetic.
Lots of great actors on the poster, but I only decided to watch this after reading an interview with Steven Soderbergh:
I saw Margin Call, twice in 36 hours, and thought, why isn’t that as big as sex, lies? I watched it with my wife, and we ordered it again two days later. I just thought that movie was great. Why didn’t that gross $25 million?
And what makes even less sense than Hollywood? The financial industry.
A drama circling the 2008 recession, I had very little interest in this film so unfortunately my attention wasn't held very well.
A solid drama circling the 2008 recession which caused damages that are still being felt today for various families, except this film tells the story from the perspective of the stock brokers and how unforeseeable it was. It started off so well with its slick editing, camera work and solid performances but it slowly ends up becoming rather boring and then adds in some sentimental moments that kind of felt aimless with an ending that didn't seem very appropriate but had a somewhat chilling nature.
Probably only slightly exaggerated. Margin Call succeeds every second in transmitting the coldness of the financial system, the cynicism of the players and the total lack of compassion. It's an artificial world, all bridges to the real world are burnt.
A great criticism on the capitalistic system that manages to stay clear of hopeless Occupy activism while being entertaining at the same time.
Solid performances, great dialogue and a fast pace help to make Margin Call a beyond watchable movie.
"There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat"
Based on a frantic 24 hrs at an investment bank prior to the financial disaster in 2008. Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany feature in a great ensemble cast. The story, very simple and acting to a high standard,very similar in style to Glengarry Glen Ross. Directed by J.C Chandor who went on to direct the equally impressive 'All is Lost'.
Il debutto del regista che recentemente ha sbalordito
con "All is lost" è qualcosa che fa il botto.
Classico e moderno, tagliente e acuto, ci si rischia di
ferire a maneggiarlo senza attenzione.
Grandi interpretazioni: si comincia con Stanley Tucci,
cupo e dolente come un messaggero del Fato, per arrivare a quella
coppia di giganti che sono Kevin Spacey, straziato e spietato,
disilluso e arrivista, e Jeremy Irons, anti-eroe di levatura
shakespiriana, per cui "il denaro è quello che impedisce che
ci ammazziamo per un po' di cibo".