An investment bank falls apart over a 24 hour period when one of their
analysts finds a glitch in the system that could spell the end for the firm.
Margin Call (2011)
Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor
Starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto,
Jeremy Irons, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker,
Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci
Oscar Nominations - Best Original Screenplay
Margin Call is a great film that takes the complicated jargon of Wall Street and simplifies it into a coherent screenplay. The film takes place at the beginning of the financial crisis of 2008, where the massive recession in the United States began. It shows us the carelessness in Wall Street that caused the crisis, while simultaneously being a terrific film.
I love a good ensemble, and Margin Call certainly boasts a solid cast. Every single member of the cast performed admirably, delivering believable performances of investment bankers in the face of adversity. While watching this film, it's hard not to remember the dark days of the recession, when millions of people were losing their jobs, their money, and their homes due to the negligence of Wall Street bankers and big banks. This film shines a light on the inner workings of the investment banks, showing ordinary people what goes on on the floor and how it affects them.
I highly enjoyed this film, as it contained many great performances and an easy-to-understand script that didn't lose itself in Wall Street lingo. It's one of the only films to have been made about the financial crisis and I hope it isn't the last. People need to see how it all happened and Margin Call is a good place to start.