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½ November 21, 2015
Stanley Tucci is brilliant in this and the reason it is worth watching. The cast is solid. This film truly does remind us the days of admiring Oliver Stone*s "Wall Street" is over. These Hedge Fund "brokers," "analysts" and their legal team should never be allowed to be filthy rich due to the amount of scheming they do amongst each other. They should have an immediate cap on their earnings. They should also have to volunteer for three years before or during their career in some form in society. The amount of earnings in this sector is the great difference in our century and the last. The salaries of the 1970 broker was not even close to the salaries today. I have a problem with the limited set in the film. They have to show the common family struggling and investing. This is also the change with past times. Only the very rich traded or dabbled in investments in past times. Many real people are hurt now. Countless real families go broke. In fact, the bubble for the financial elite does not actually exist. It is as fictional as the fake earnings of a Ponzi schemer like the infamous, long term generational cheater B. Madoff. How many decades did it take to indict and imprison this sociopath? These cold assholes represented here have to be made to realize their actions have an incredible awful tsunami effect for 97% of the population(ie 2008). The speech by Irons about the cyclical history of the economy is interesting but also completely without base; he has purposely factored out the fact many MORE common people with common savings lose everything when the greed of the financial sector is left unchecked. GREED and the BIG BONUS sub culture of Wall Street has taken over in the USA. Obama is as much an employee of Wall Street as the CEO on Wall Street. If he is oblivious to this he should wake up. In fact, the current prez could have made the car companies reform but DID NOTHING when he had the chance to do it. Why? Obama had the support of Wall Street to get to the presidency. Period. These people represented in this movie have to be better watched and indicted with LONG prison terms. Demi Moore is wooden and cold throughout this film. She is misused in this film. They should show how beautiful she is at her age and show some development to her character. I mention her personality and sexuality here for a reason. She can pull it off if she put her mind to it. Show her before the party ended with her hair down and her strong sexuality. She is an example to middle aged women that you are at the prime of your sex lives and do not let yourself go. She has an amazing body and dynamic personality at her age and should show it at all times. Instead she resembles an asexual, post DETOX robot. Moreover, the writer mistakenly did not admit the powerless woman or man that relies on a corrupted system where cheating is endemic. The Occident is supposed to be better than this. We are supposed to lead by example instead we tragically have overseas Asians emulating this to all our detriment. Spacey looks too comfortable in the role of office manager to have a conscience and have actually worked a real job. The Tucci character is brilliant and moral and completely corrupted by a system using a math wizard and a trained engineer as a financial shark. This very fact is the consequence of corruption. This indifference creates the communism and even the terrorism we detest. The history of the capitalistic Western economy is one of a free man and woman relying on a tiny bit of honesty at the top. This film shows these people largely do not exist anymore and the credit rating system is completely implicated in creating this kind of morally bankrupt travesty. We need to enforce laws. We need to share more. We need to cage the sharks.
½ October 18, 2015
A formally, attractively directed debut for J.C. Candor, Margin Call is a engrossing, interesting look at a world that many of us recognize, but few of us know.
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
½ October 3, 2015
I rate Margin Call up on account of the acting overall and as a Kevin Spacey fan (otherwise it would be a three). The shooting is fine, with some nicely framed shots. The story is OK but was a bit disappointing in terms of tension. Some scenes could have been left out in favor of flashbacks which reveal what the characters were doing in the weeks and months prior to the meltdown: who knew, what they knew, how they contributed, etc. But despite the story not being what it could have been, Margin Call is still an enjoyable film.
September 3, 2015
Great performances but I wasn't smart enough for this.
August 20, 2015
Gente muy transa en Wall Street
½ August 9, 2015
Great drama, well executed.
½ August 6, 2015
One of the best films (if not the best) to catch the essense of the 2008 crash.
½ July 27, 2015
I didn't really get the point of this movie
½ July 27, 2015
awful film, very slow, very dull - nothing happened!!
July 26, 2015
Margin Call is such a cut throat, razor sharp and bleak entity of a film that coming out the other end of it feeling any sort of happiness or sense of motivation is practically impossible. This is a superbly acted, well written and wonderfully shot drama, that just cant stop pulling the building blocks from underneath you and its characters, it a chore to watch, but a bloody good one. Margin Call follows a stock brokers firm, on what should be an ugly day of laying the majority of their workforce, the firm find their problems are only beginning when one of the higher ups they just let go, happened to be trying to solve a massive problem that is about to throw the firm into liquidation. It then turns into a knife wielding, metaphorically, viceral slaughter house, with jobs being axed, career suicide and potentially the fall of the entire market. This is a brilliant drama and would most likely make a great piece of theatre, this is an extremely static piece, so in order to make Margin Call really shine, a huge amount is asked of the cast, but by christ do every single one of them deliver. Kevin Spacey, Paul Betanny, Zackery Quinto, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Stanley Tucci and Simon Baker make up a total tour de force in the acting department. This is a cast to die for and here, all of them are on their A game. The majority of characters have a wealth of scenes together varying on sheer ensemble or just the perfect work of 2 actors dualoguing and it is wonderful. Its hard to actually pick a specific one from the bunch to commend, Spacey is emotional and mature, Qunito is astounding as always as a rocket scientist, Demi Moore is viceral and breath taking, Stanley Tucci is running on raw emotion throughout, Jeremy Irons is just ferocious as the big boss and even the 3 minutes of screen time that she gets, Mary McDonnell adds a huge weight of emotion, into an already emotional roller coaster. The script is extremely hardcore, it is relentless with numbers and terminology that people alien to the sales world will definately have issues digesting, however J.C. Chandon does manage to wedge in some nice touches in order to simplify the jargon being used. There is an amazing moment when everyone gets together in one room, an emergency meeting at 3am and the company are trying to explain what has gone wrong and at that point as a viewer you, yourself are still unclear to exactly what extent the damage may be, when Jeremy Irons' character explains he isnt a genius, he just got to where he is by sheer brutality and that he needs that information simplified so that a child could understand it. Some viewers may see this as writing that doesnt fully believe in its own power, but for me it adds an even deeper layer of meaning and also slaps a huge exclamation mark over how the company got in the mess, in the first place. This piece is so sparse and so gutterall, that there is barely any music what so ever used, throughout its run time, this forces you into conversation and makes you want to decipher the magnitude of what is really going on. It's simply but wonderfully shot, very unique and extremely polished beyond belief, and it has to be. But where the find does falter slightly is its pacing. This is not a long movie, however due to the nature of it and its desolate aura, it feels like you have endured so much and you realise you have only been watching for just shy of an hour. It's a minor gripe, but there are a few points that for me could have been cut or tightened, just a touch, in order to hold my attention just that little bit longer. Also one of the characters, is so redundant and only serves to act as a gateway between characters or to show the little guy, that his inclusion feels a bit alien compared to the rest of the ensemble, im not sure if it was either the acting or the writing but every time this one character was on screen, he almost felt like an eye sore rather than an essential part of the mix. With those 2 gripes aside, Margin Call is a wonderfully tense and relentless film, its not everyones cup of tea, but if you love watching actors verbally batter each other back and forth, this is the film for you.
July 16, 2015
Very smart, very slick, and very well directed and acted. It's a complex industry, but this film managed to avoid the devilish detail that we wouldn't be able to understand.
Super Reviewer
July 13, 2015
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.
July 2, 2015
a good movie about greed in wall street
½ June 15, 2015
If you ever have problems sleeping at night, then this is the film for you. I appreciate that it is a financial based thriller, although this shouldn't have hindered the directors from making it at all exciting. The action is particularly slow, and we are never actually let in on what has happened. I am surprised that it was this poor, as the cast is relatively well known, and it has received decent reviews. Not one that I would recommend however.
½ June 15, 2015
Simply depicted how the system runs. Suspense at it's best.
June 13, 2015
This is one of those movies where everyone calls flawless but I think it's well done on a acting and directing point of view, but I do think it's a bit overrated in my opinion.

The story to Margin Call takes place in 2008 as a tense action as we follow one 24-hour period at an investment bank just before the financial crisis hits.

Margin Call is a movie that I thought was alright. I do think the movie is well acted and nicely written, but to me the movie is a slow burn and I just don't think it's brilliant as people thought it was. It's not a bad film but I don't think it's a great film, just alright in my opinion.
½ June 3, 2015
Pretty disappointing.
May 16, 2015
Cracking little film depicting the start of the 2008 global financial crisis. Well worth a watch
½ May 12, 2015
I still didn't get what all the fuss was about???
½ May 9, 2015
Great cast, terrible movie.
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