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 (751 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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It's a yes from meBy a customer , 10 Sep 2013Not as flambouyant as Wall St, more gritty and real, I enjoyed it, well directed and produced, actors were good, believable story
Suspenseful, believable and well actedBy Eppie (2 reviews) , 21 Aug 2013Very good film, well acted and suspenseful. Believable story - I am sure that 'it' would have happened just like this! The only thing that kept me from scoring it 5* was the over frequent, usually gratuitous, use of th eF word.
Marginally BrilliantBy a customer , 17 Aug 2013Beautifully written and acted it reminds you of a classic film from the past. Low on sensationalism and high on human drama it takes a simple story that we're all too sadly familiar with (the global banking crisis) and takes what could be a dull, finger pointing exercise and turns into a wrought, powerful exposition of human nature, oh and Spoc does have feelings!
Financial meltdown dramaBy a customer , 11 Aug 2013Good entertainment. Makes you ask yourself how did we ever get into this mess? Watch this movie and it's scarily easy. Enjoyed it. The ruthless reality of the financial world comes to life.
Classic film.By Tarnwolf (3 reviews) , 04 Aug 2013Absolutely unforgettable. Such a wonderful script. Cast does not put a foot wrong . So many nuances. Shows Capitalism for what it is. A selfish greedy rotten system that hides behind a veneer of smugness. A must see.