Have we come this far in cinema? Can we actually approach Wall Street without caricaturing it? Chandor's one-night-before-the-crisis take of a fictional Bear Stearns-wannabe is a giant step in filmmaking. Finally, we have a thoughtful, deliberate film about the crisis without condescension or a moral high-ground. ••• 7 years 11 months ago
More than anything, Margin Call captures a feeling: That feeling of helplessness against the tyranny of Wall Street and its pursuit of profit at any cost, the feeling of displeasure that the higher-ups with a conscience feel in executing the plan they know will bring so much pain, and the feeling of being a good person caught up in a bad game.
Jeremy Irons is pitch-perfect as the closest thing the film has to a villain - a true delight to watch, especially as he goes toe-to-toe with the remarkable Kevin Spacey who likewise turns in a notable performance.
Unfortunately, the film, while excellent, offers little in the way of solution other than to question the value of high-stakes economics and, as such, feels, ultimately, like a sad reminder of the great con artist Wall Street has become. This is a film filled with great performances and is at times mesmerizing. However, it, strangely enough, leaves little for the audience to chew over other than a vague sense of having been chewed over itself by the corrupt morals of the super-rich. 7 years 8 months ago
Loved this one
Great cast, great writing and superb direction. You wouldn't think it was possible for a film depicting wall street investment bankers to be so compelling but this film really hits the spot. 4 years 8 months ago