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Import Blu-Ray/Region A pressing. Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) runs a small-time casino operation out of his apartment. With his streetwise business smarts, he's recruited to join the city's newest and hottest stock brokerage firm, an aggressive, renegade corporation far from the traditions of Wall Street. Trained by the company's top young turks, Chris (Vin Diesel) and Greg (Nicky Katt), Seth takes quickly to his new job's instant riches and fast-life pleasure. When Seth wins the eye and the heart of Greg's ex-girlfriend Abbie (Nia Long) it all seems too good to be true. But he's about to learn the devastating secret behind all this intoxicating success. Just as quickly as he was seduced into the firm, Seth finds himself caught in a trap that could bring himself, his father and his whole world crashing down. Special Features: Interactive Menus/Chapter Search, Alternate Endings, Theatrical Trailer, Interactive Film Trivia, Filmography, Deleted Scenes, Original Screenplay.
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It's not clear how he does this but Davis drops out of college without telling his parents and sets up a casino in his fancy apartment. His casino caters to rich college students and Davis has a financial windfall. Davis draws the attention of some questionable characters who connect him with brokerage firm JT Marlin. Soon Davis is a trainee as a stock broker and promised future earnings into the millions. Seems like a dream world but soon Davis begins to question the ethics and legitimacy of the JT Marlin. The company cold calls potential investors with promises of huge profits. It is hard to believe that so many people would fall for what could be a serious scam and risk their life's savings so readily. Yet, people do and Davis becomes the top broker in training.
The meat of this story is the moral dilemma Davis suffers when he begins to realize something is not adding up with JT Marlin. It seems like all he does is a way to gain acceptance from his distant father. Their relationship is never explored fully and it does bring up the question as to why the father is so distant. His attitude toward his son sets up Davis for failure.
It's an interesting study in relationships and moral values. The fun of this film is seeing young versions of some popular actors like Ribisi, Diesel and Affleck along with a few faces you will recognize from later movies and TV shows. BOILER ROOM is not without flaws. More character exposition could have helped flesh out the story and people's actions but still it is a riveting look back to another time.
The best part of this movie is definitely when Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi), Greg Weinstein (Nicky Katt), Chris Varick (Vin Diesel), Ricky O'Flaherty (Scott Caan), and Jim Young (Ben Affleck), are in their scenes going at and playing off of each other; and when Seth is working the casino out of his home. Unfortunately, these scenes stop when the movie is winding down and the focus turns to the legal side of things as the FBI lays the hammer on their brokerage firm.
It's when the FBI gets too involved in the story that the movie falls flat for me. It becomes more of a chore than a pleasure to keep watching through the rest of the movie.
That said, here are some Pros and Cons.
1. The characters are all different enough from each other
2. Wall Street
3. Ben Afflect and Vin Diesel
4. Ribisi does a very good job in the role
1. Story becomes uninteresting towards the end
2. Wall Street
'Boiler Room' is based on the point of view of an up and coming stock broker who quickly starts to realize that something is seriously amiss at his new company. It was written long before the autobiography ever came out and is simply based on interviews with people, court room accounts and all other public information that came out in the legal aftermath of the company.
I watched both movies to compare and contrast. 'Boiler Room' is a little more about the personal Character played by Giovanni Ribisi and his relationship and attempts to get his dad's approval, 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' is more about the name-sake character's crazy exploits in the drug fueled late eighties and early nineties.