November 11, It says something that the best speech in this timely drama surrounding Wall Street malfeasance and muddle-headedness is about a bridge.
It comes late in the film, delivered by Stanley Tucci as Eric Dale, a recently laid-off middle manager at a New York trading firm. Seems that before he started dealing in derivatives, he put his number-crunching skills to more practical uses as an engineer. The bridge, he calculates, saves each traveller 35 miles — or, at 50 mph, 42 minutes. Multiplying the daily traffic by the life of the span, he figures mankind is in the black 1, collective years thanks to his work.
At the company that fired him, in comparison, numbers do no work, carry no loads, save no time. They just make a few people rich at the expense of many others. Eric had just realized something rotten in the data when he was pulled from his desk as part of a lightning round of downsizing.
Before being hustled out of the building, he manages to pass a USB drive to an underling. Through the closing elevator doors he delivers seven prophetic words: The man at the receiving end of that warning is Peter Sullivan Zachary Quinto , whom we later learn is a rocket scientist who moved to Wall Street because the pay was better.
Once again, a guy with real-world smarts. A crash is coming. Chandor makes the predicament easy to understand. Irons is a standout in a consistently fantastic cast. He carries himself with the assurance and sangfroid of an executioner with tenure. The wonder of Margin Call is that there are no classic villains.
He lists 16 major economic collapses dating back to , concluding: The rest of the cast — played by Spacey, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, Simon Baker and others — are clearly just trying to keep their heads above water.
The events in the film take place over the course of one long night and one day of trading, though the latter requires just seconds to play out on the screen. This might be the best proof that wealth is immaterial — it can move and vanish faster than physical laws would seem to allow. Your account has been reactivated. You must verify your email address before signing in. Check your email for your verification email, or enter your email address in the form below to resend the email.
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