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Despite a tough story to get across to viewers, Margin Call succeeds brilliantly. This is largely due to a tight script and superb cast even though the story rarely leaves the sterile confines of a high-rise and some cars over a 24 hour period. Paul Bettany, Zach Quinto, and Stanley Tucci along with Demi Moore perform their supporting roles with aplomb but the real prizes go to Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons who are nothing short of brilliant as morally compromised yet very human characters responding to incentives they know to be wrong but inconvenient to their personal wealth and career prospects.
This is a thinking persons film through and through, something all too rare these days. If you want to know how the early stages of the Great Crash of happened, this story is pretty damn close to what the internal dynamics and incentives were like at the big investment banks on Wall Street like Goldman Sachs circa mid which largely avoided the worst effects due to being first to dump and then short the MBS bonds and other derivatives it had once sold versus Lehman Brothers which didn't dump its assets quick enough and went bankrupt setting off the acute phase of the credit crunch and job losses.
Even if the details of the crisis and technical-speak are lost on you and they really don't dominate at all, merely being plot devices for the onslaught of Nemesis upon the guilty characters , seeing the way past decisions undermine loyalty, responsibility and empathy is just spot on.
The politics of a massive publicly owned corporation and its intricately operating hierarchy are something everyone who has worked in finance or another Fortune company will find chillingly laid bare in a subtle way.
There are no cartoonishly evil characters here, and even though Jeremy Irons' scenes make him out to be amoral he merely thinks that is the system they all signed on to, and he's somewhat right despite his callousness. Spacey tries to hold the high ground when asked to essentially backstab all his employees, colleagues in other firms and life's work but in the end gives in to the one law of the jungle on the Street: And while it's easy judge him as unscrupulous and unprincipled in that moment, the viewer should not forget another brilliant line delivered by Bettany earlier in the film defending the investment firms' actions: You shouldn't leave this film smugly confident that you aren't above these characters and they world they portray, even if in a more abstract, quotidian fashion.
Was this review helpful to you? I worked in corrupt corporate life albeit not having such an affect on anyone in our industry and this is typical--the frat boy's with their beer bottles running the show, the remote execs who don't know who's who and what's what. On its last day on Prime a day I was already inside for R and R. I had it on all day. It just doesn't ring true, however, that when Tuld fires Robertson, Robertson doesn't bring up something about sexism.
Most women who are in top positions these days would. Also it is unrealistic that she would just be sitting in her office on her phone. Also she would have had hard copies of her memos and e-mails for Tuld to see when he came in. Capitalistic America has no remorse or regards to the freedom of others. As we have done before, a final atrocity against the innocent. There are no rules of morality for the capitalistic America. The plot revolved with bits and fragments of the "margin call" around a ferris wheel.
Although at the edge of my seat at times. The movie drawn out in some parts, still gave way to an incredible performance by Zachary Quinto and Kevin Spacey. These two amazing actors, took the movie to the level it needed. Inspired by true events, this film depicted many facets of corporate America and tossed it in for good measure.
Five star for the directors first film. The story seems to weave together Goldman. Sacks and AIG's behavior of selling their junk knowing what it was and AIG insuring the whole system because "how could that go wrong? Goldman was not really damaged by its actions except for embarrassing testimony and both companies were in the end bailed out by Congress and suffered no serious legal consequences.
There is a strong implication that the top leaders of the company knew what was going down before the company watch dogs but that seems to undermine why we should care about these folks. In these ways the film missed the main stories. It is a wee bit slow for my liking, but very well done and more of an intellectual thinking film than any kind of action or thriller.
It does have a very thought provoking script and I always enjoy Kevin Spacey. If you don't need a lot of action, there is plenty to enjoy in this film! Great actors for a mediocre film.
It portrays the persons responsible for the Wall Street melt down as victims of a bad system with the men on top being the bad guys. Even in the end, these people made out well. The investors who were ruined were nowhere in sight. Just an honorable mention. This movie is a case study in dramatic structure.
There is no physical action, only tense psychological action. It withholds explanations until the audience is eager for them. It makes the audience care not so much about characters as about how it will all play out from an insider's view, even though we know from history how it all played out on the grand scale. Most importantly, it clearly shows what made all the characters what they are, despite any superficial qualms they might suffer for what they do.
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