Over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis, the key people at a investment bank struggle to decide how to handle an emergency business situation while examining the personal and moral implications of every action they take.
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While the complexion-skewering color grading and 1.85 aspect ratio don't exactly aid "Margin Call" in establishing a cinematic feel, the film is frequently served by its credible performances and credible writing. The scariest thing about this movie might be imagining the same story taking place in the Trump Era—it feels as though the individuals who move in these circles abandoned their compunction long ago.
The calm before the storm. The process of a corporation's financial meltdown and all the business compromises required to stay ahead is an eye-watering prospect. The skyscraper becomes a grisly ghost town, where ugly acts for the good of the company outrank the welfare of the individual. Capitalism at its most grotesque, personified by a slugger of an ensemble cast.
Owing a huge deal to David Mamet and his cunning, no nonsense, hyper realistic dialogue; first time writer-director J. C Chandor weaves an equally engrossing character driven exploration of capitalist excesses. A top notch cast that uses Chandor's words as fists in the struggle to remain in their unnamed company, which resemblances the extinct Lehman Brothers and the causes that led to its downfall.
An iriguing and well acted chamber piece that falls flat in the last act. A sharper script could have made this into something really unique. Instead «Margin Call» ends up being just interesting, never great. Kevin Spacey is good though and you can see Demi Moore is aching to prove she still has the talent behind that botoxed face.
"Fuck normal people" is to 2011 what "Greed is good" was to 1987. Up in the Air, Company Man, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Margin Call constitute the perfect tetralogy of Applied Capitalism. A movie for the 99% who are naive enough to think they can change anything. We're living int end of times, to quote Zizek, and it's going to get ugly.
Dry, talky portrait of a company that discovers the data of the economy's imminent collapse right before the 2008 financial crisis. Great cast, but the film is heavy on financial jargon and lacks an emotional hook.
Sur une trame scénaristique a priori ardue, aux interactions techniques de toute évidence complexes, sertie de la lourde opacité structurelle du monde de la finance, on est en droit de craindre une œuvre pesante, saturée de références spécifiques, fastidieuses et didactiques. Il n'en est rien. Bien au contraire, nous sommes en présence d'une réalisation lumineuse, d'une vertigineuse noirceur. www.cinefiches.com