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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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.
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.
Well made and well played on all counts. However, all the jargon and economic terms thrown at the viewer is a bit tiring and after the riveting opening I almost lost interest to be honest. Still worth a look.
i very much enjoyed this film, appropriate for the recent economical problems and the occupy wall street phenomenon. zachary quinto is amazing, why isnt he getting more roles? is it because of the eyebrows? haha
Expository dialogue is too heavy. A solid cast has nothing to do but go through the motions. It could have made an intriguing film, but the filmmakers go too hard in trying to convince the audience that these people are "human" and they have "feelings" save for the chief villain, played by Jeremy Irons and his subordinate "killer" (Simon Baker).