Margin Call Reviews
October 12, 2014
Very slow paced, but if you can keep interest in the desperate survival operations of a Wall Street company this is actually a very intense story and drama.
October 17, 2011
It's a realistic take on what happens when high-flying money speculators suddenly hit ground. It's also a great calling card for J.C. Chandor, the writer/director making his feature debut. I say SEE IT!!!
October 2, 2014
A first rate film on a financial collapse told through great writing and acting.Their morality and sense of decency is fully tested when speculation in the markets is about to collapse. A great look and the markets and capitalism at work
September 28, 2014
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The film made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 25, 2011 and opened in theaters nationwide in the United States on October 21, 2011 grossing $5,354,039 in domestic ticket receipts. It was screened at 199 theaters during its widest release in cinemas. It earned an additional $14,150,000 in business through international release to top out at a combined $19,504,039 in gross revenue. Preceding its initial screening to the public, Margin Call was generally met with positive critical reviews. The DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film were released in the United States on December 20, 2011.
Principal photography began on June 21, 2010, in New York City. More than 80 percent of the action was shot on the 42nd floor of One Penn Plaza, which had recently been vacated by a trading firm. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film also played In Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Bear. The film was produced by Zachary Quinto's production company, Before The Door Pictures, by Quinto and his two producing partners and Carnegie Mellon University classmates, Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa
The film received positive reviews from critics, garnering an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus: "Smart, tightly wound, and solidly acted, Margin Call turns the convoluted financial meltdown of '08 into gripping, thought-provoking drama." The New Yorker film critic David Denby said it was "easily the best Wall Street movie ever made". Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three and half stars out of four, and said: ""Margin Call" employs an excellent cast who can make financial talk into compelling dialogue." A. O. Scott of The New York Times wrote: "It is hard to believe that "Margin Call" is Mr. Chandor's first feature. His formal command - his ability to imply far more than he shows or says and to orchestrate a large, complex drama out of whispers, glances and snippets of jargon - is downright awe inspiring.
Roger Ebert wrote: "I think the movie is about how its characters are concerned only by the welfare of their corporations. There is no larger sense of the public good. Corporations are amoral, and exist to survive and succeed, at whatever human cost. This is what the Occupy Wall Street protesters are angry about: They are not against capitalism, but about Wall Street dishonesty and greed. [...] [The cast] reflect the enormity of what is happening: Their company and their lives are being rendered meaningless." A.O. Scott wrote: ""Margin Call" is a thriller, moving through ambient shadows to the anxious tempo of Nathan Larson's hushed, anxious score. It is also a horror movie, with disaster lurking like an unseen demon outside the skyscraper windows and behind the computer screens. It is also a workplace comedy of sorts. The crackling, syncopated dialogue and the plot, full of reversals and double crosses, owe an obvious debt to David Mamet's profane fables of deal-making machismo. Hovering over all of it is the dark romance of capital: the elegance of numbers; the kinkiness of money; the deep, rotten, erotic allure of power."
Although the film does not depict any real Wall Street firm, the plot has similarities to some events during the 2008 financial crisis: Goldman Sachs similarly moved early to hedge and reduce its position in mortgage-backed securities, at the urging of two employees;(not in citation given] and the firms Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns found themselves similarly and catastrophically over-leveraged in mortgage-backed securities. They scrambled, ultimately unsuccessfully, to manage the financial and public panic that ensued when their problems became apparent and the global financial markets plunged as a result.
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September 27, 2014
Liked it but definitely early stages of the crisis as they all seemed to come out unscathed. In reality that appears to have happened anyway, some of the names have changed/disappeared/been taken over, but as Jeremy Irons character would say "The music hasn't stopped"
September 22, 2014
Worst movie ever imaginable, a complete waste of time and money. Big yawn.
August 9, 2014
Margin Call is a surprisingly engaging Wall Street drama that features excellent performances from its well-casted actors and shows much potential for director/screenwriter J.C. Chandor
July 20, 2014
A compelling movie, even if I didn't really know what they were talking about half the time. I don't have much familiarity with the financial industry, so it was hard to keep up with exactly what was wrong with the company and what they were proposing doing. To some extent, that doesn't matter though. What's more important is how the characters interact with each other and how the gravity of the moment affects each of them. Stanley Tucci owns every scene he's in, and the rest of the cast is very good. Although I expected Kevin Spacey to turn and start talking to the camera a couple times.
July 17, 2014
"Margin Call" is a nailbiter of a financial thriller. Works effectively taking place over the course of a night.
July 17, 2014
Similar to another quiet, but fiery financial thriller ("Arbitrage"), "Margin Call" is a gripping, unflinchingly gray and well-written piece that simplifies a complex topic into something everyone can understand.
March 11, 2012
Margin Call is about a Wall street trading firm before the stock market collapse in 2008. It is so dead on, so real. This exact situation must have happened in a lot of different firms back then.
It is full of great actors, each of them does a decent job with their performances. But with so many good actors, it is hard for one to stand out. The plot is slow paced. If your looking for an action film look elsewhere. If your looking for a true depiction of how Wall Street went to hell, this is for you.
There are little cliffhangers, little surprises here. The movie is so real, it lacks any crazy stuff you are used to seeing in other films. But perhaps that is the best. It's accurate to a tee, which makes one just hate Wall Street Billionaires all the more.
It takes place in a 24 hour period, maybe that is this movie's problem. I want to know what happened the next day, or the next week for that matter.
All the characters are played well. The dialogue is explosive, lots of swearing. But not riveting enough to really blow you away. I don't know what it is about movies, it seems like the more great actors you get, the better it would be. But its almost always not the case, too much clashing, not enough character development, and no breakthrough performances. Although I will say that these characters mesh together quite nicely.
However it is a shame that the movie drags slowly on. With so much on the line you think we could get a little more excitement. It was a great attempt, but this movie plays out too much like real life, which sometimes, lets face it, can get pretty damn boring.
July 7, 2014
Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.
A pleasant surprise, Margin Call is fantastic. A star studded cast from top to bottom with really good, intense performances (Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons are in top form) that will leave you a little conflicted.
This thriller is based on the recent mortgage crisis in the same vein as the recent Inside Job documentary (which was also excellent). The film captures a 24 hour window where a Wall Street firm realizes that the financial market is about to implode and the subsequent carnage that follows. The night in which it all goes down is the perfect back drop for all the backstabbing, greed, cold hearted decisions and outright deception that follows. Just about everything that is wrong with unrestrained capitalism (and human nature) is on display here and this is driven home by a really solid cast.
While I'm not sure how accurate this is (it's based on a true story), I don't really think it's that far off from what I'm sure happened at a few investment firms during the financial crisis. To it's credit however, the film isn't overly preachy and it doesn't present the scenario in black and white. It presents it in a realistic and honest way; in shades of grey. This is very underrated and one of the best movies I've seen about greed. As John (Jeremy Irons) says in the film:
"We just can't help ourselves".
June 30, 2014
MU BUENA PELICULA SOBRE LACRISIS FINANCIERA
June 15, 2014
Movie overall is great; min. 71 onwards is a blunt reflection on what we ought yo do in life
June 3, 2014
Beautifully made film...so smart and intense. I didn't expect much, but the great cast and script delivered.
May 27, 2014
The directing debut of J.C. Chandor, "Margin Call" is a rather clever look at the fall of Wall Street in the late 2000's, told through the eyes of employees and managers at a firm loosely based on Goldman Sachs.
While the film appears to have been made cheaply enough, with minimal sets and a dialogue-driven plot, the producers certainly splurged on the cast, which includes Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Simon Baker, Stanley Tucci and Demi Moore.
The film really hits home not only how catastrophic the global financial crisis was, but also how callous and brutal the finance industry that brought it about is - brutal to both the general public and to it's own employees. Tellingly, the first scene shows a procession of employees departing the building with their belongings in a cardboard box.
This is a truly gripping and informative, and sometimes chilling true-life drama.
May 24, 2014
A solid job when it comes to everything other than the actual story. Acting, cinematography, pacing, etc.... all good. But the story was punchless and left you wanting more at the end. It doomed this movie to thorough mediocrity. Which is too bad, considering how much I loved the acting and other factors.
October 26, 2013
This movie reminds me of a movie like glengarry glenn ross for a few reasons. Its heavy dialogue between people in business suits talking about money trouble and kevin spacey is there. Anther similarity is its filled with great acting in very well written scenes. While the scenes and lines themselves aren't super memorable they are all very engaging. Also a very impressive debut film for Chandor, made even more impressive by softmore film "all is lost" which is a very different film from this. This is a movie that relies purely on its writing and directing and both were excellent. "If you're first out the door, that's not called panicking. "
May 18, 2014
Some talkative;perchance nas not the punch of Oliver Stone opus Wall Street.However is a remarkable lesson of how to create a financial crash.
May 17, 2014
The great cast is the plus for this good mobie, but that with a normal one wouldn't stand out of the crowd.