Margin Call (2011)
Critic Consensus: Smart, tightly wound, and solidly acted, Margin Call turns the convoluted financial meltdown of '08 into gripping, thought-provoking drama.
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Critic Reviews for Margin Call
Chandor proffers a cross-section of a Lehman Brothers-esque company as the realisation dawns that sub-prime speculation has brought the market to an ominous tipping point.
Topical drama about the financial crisis lacks the visceral punch to grab an audience.
Spacey is mesmerizing as Sam, a weary, aging lion losing his appetite for antelope. And Irons plays the villain with magisterial ease.
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.
Audience Reviews for Margin Call
What a gripping, thought-provoking drama this is, with a very careful pace and an intelligent script that relies on a sharp cast and compelling dialogue to depict with a fascinating, acute realism the 24 hours prior to the financial crisis of 2008 at an investment firm.
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. Especial mention to the almost reptilian-like head honcho of the firm, an impeccable and sinister Jeremy Irons.
A re-telling of the 2008 financial crisis that casts it as Greek tragedy and very nearly respects the three classical unities, covering one main action (the collapse of this firm's solubility), one main physical space (the office, though it does branch out a little, to a car, a bar and a porch), and lasting not more than 24 hours. The ensemble cast is excellent, the mood is dark, the events are totally believable, the stakes are high, and on top of all that, there's a speech that, in my opinion, supplants Gordon Gecko's "Greed is good" in Oliver Stone's Wall Street, which I watched after this and found lacking in comparison. One of the more underrated films of the past few years - hard-hitting, essential viewing.
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|Will Emerson:||"I'm all out of nicorettes, which means in about ten minutes I'm going to kill somebody."|
|Will Emerson:||I'm all out of nicorettes, which means in about ten minutes I'm going to kill somebody.|
|Seth Bregman:||"This could be huge. The losses would be greater than the current value of the company."|
|Seth Bregman:||This could be huge. The losses would be greater than the current value of the company.|
|Eric Dale:||"I was working on something but they didn't let me finish. Here, take a look at it. Be careful."|
|Eric Dale:||I was working on something but they didn't let me finish. Here, take a look at it. Be careful.|
|John Tuld:||"Speak to me as you would a 2 year old or a golden retriever."|
|John Tuld:||Speak to me as you would a 2 year old or a golden retriever.|
|John Tuld:||Speak to me as you would a small child or a golden retriever.|