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Film Review

Film title
Margin Call
Director
J.C. Chandor
Starring
Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Pinto, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irons
Release date
12 Nov
Certificate
15

Margin Call

3/5 stars
Film review by Keir Roper-Caldbeck.
Published 31 October 2012

"Remember this day, boys, remember this day." When a young analyst at a sleek, Wall Street investment firm discovers that the mathematical model they have based their trading on has left the company exposed to billions of dollars of losses, the key players all come together for an all-night session to decide what they should do. The decision they make will not only affect their own future, but potentially that of the whole economy.

Margin Call assembles an almost ludicrously heavyweight cast – from Kevin Spacey, through the Mentalist (sorry, Simon Baker) and Demi Moore, to Jeremy Irons – to ponder the rights and wrongs of the beginnings of the Great Recession. The film is refreshing in its determination not to simply glamourise or demonise these financial wizards, but its desire to sum up the whole crisis means that, at times, the film becomes just a series of static, over-determined conversations held in lofty offices and gleaming toilets. [Keir Roper-Caldbeck]

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  • "at times, the film becomes just a series of static, over-determined conversations held in lofty offices and gleaming toilets."

    How wrong can one reviewer be!
    The conversations are constantly multi-layered, and reward repeated viewings with new, subtle information rising to the surface each time. The actors are never melodramatic, yet always fascinating. Their interactions and the conflict-between-colleagues is the best kind of conflict.

    I suggest that the reviewer's favourite films include Transformers and Iron Man: little dialogue in those films, and lots of fireworks.

    Posted by Peter | Saturday 08 June 2013 @ 16:28

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