Margin Call details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Simon Baker, Demi Moore, Penn Badgley, Mary McDonnell, Stanley Tucci, Aasif Mandvi|
|Collections:||November - Drama, Our Favourites|
|Rental release:||12 Nov 2012|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
It starts with what has become a familiar sight: interlopers on the office floor, convening meetings, security guards in tow, cardboard boxes at the ready.
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Youll either love it or hate itBy TheWatchman (752 reviews) from Suburbia , 19 Nov 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Or at least Im guessing most people will from what Ive read.
If you read the reviews of Margin Call, youll see that people either say its amazingly acted, tense and brilliantly-portrayed or (and I quote) like watching paint dry.
Margin Call tells the story of a nameless banking giant in Wall Street as its about to go under. All the major executives gather for an emergency late night meeting to discuss if theres any way out of it. Thats it. The whole film is basically set in a boardroom (and a few surrounding offices) over a period of one night. The cast meets in a boardroom then leaves. We see them in twos or threes as they discuss whats already been discussed in the boardroom then return to the boardroom to discuss more.
You may have guessed by now. Im siding with the watching paint dry camp.
Yes, Margin call does have some great acting talent in there Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons to name but two). However, I just found the whole film boring. Maybe you need to be more into the investment way of life to appreciate it more. I just found it difficult to work up much sympathy for people on (and this is the minimum mentioned) $250,000 a year. Oh dear they might be out of a job. Tragedy.
As I said, for every person out there who feels like me, there seems to be someone who raves about this film. Okay, so it may be a good reflection of the banking world and the dialogue realistic, I just didnt care for it.
Check out the other reviews and make an informed choice before you decide to watch this. Im a big fan of Kevin Spacey, but I wouldnt sit through this again.
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the definition of tediumBy Manxresident (5 reviews) , 11 Dec 2013Quite interesting in an 'academic' way of what went wrong in the banks, but oh so tedious 90 minutes of my life I will never get back.
Probably how the 2008 crash startedBy DerekA (16 reviews) , 19 Nov 2013Well acted throughout and I found it gripping. You need to concentrate to follow it, but the technical finance jargon is cleverly explained in simple terms as you go along. A couple of funny US accents by English actors, but even so I thought Jeremy Irons was particularly good as the chillingly pleasant 'titanium fist inside the velvet glove'.
Margin call whether to recommend this or notBy Oldbloke (350 reviews) from Sidmouth , 18 Nov 2013On his way out of the building, a redundant employee of a New York investment bank passes information on to a young colleague which threatens the future of the entire firm and the whole market in which they operate. This relatively uneventful, dry acting tour de force is tough to follow, especially if you don't understand or care how these people make their millions. Never mind, Irons, Spacey and Tucci are effortlessly believable and brilliant and that was enough for me.
Alright...but not the best wall street film.By a customer , 30 Oct 2013Not entirely sure if this was a factual film just trying to convey the events or a film trying to show how tough it was on the inside. i. e we didn't want to do it but we were forced. The final trading day, i thought was incredibly weak, and Paul Bettany really needed to make up his mind if he was using an american or british accent.
True to lifeBy AndyC50 (2 reviews) , 27 Oct 2013Looks to me to be based on the Lehman Brothers collapse which triggered the international crisis in finance we are living through now. This is how this rotten system works. These people care only for money with no regard to the damage they do. Lost 1/2 a star as some dialogue a bit muffled, but well worth watching for an excellent insight into this ruthless capitalist casino we live under. Well scripted, acted and directed. Recommended
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