Margin Call [Blu-ray]
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Once Sullivan analyzes the data, he realizes the universal gravity of Dale's warning - that the firm is so over-committed to underwater mortgage-backed securities that the total potential loss exceeds the firm's total market capitalization value. In other words, the projected scenario means the firm will soon owe a lot more than it's worth, and the market will be on the verge of an apocalyptic meltdown. What happens after this discovery is a series of sharply intense clandestine confrontations with each level of higher-ups recognizing the ramifications of the inevitable disaster, each one far more nuanced in character than we are used to seeing in films from Oliver Stone about greed and immorality. Blessedly, Chandor doesn't stoop to the customary stereotypes in this corporate cage match, but what he does manage is capture the moral compass underneath each player by way of a cast that really delivers the goods with powerfully implosive performances.Read more ›
If you've never been a manager in a serious company, it might not appeal to you. As an ex-software company exec, I can say it felt real to me. I found the story exciting, because I could relate to the characters and their understated pain. Many things are shown, rather than stated. For example, they work all night long in their suits, but no one ever talks about going home, or the hours, etc. If you've been in a management crisis and experienced a long hellish night, you'll feel this movie in your bones.
The best part was the placement of the viewer in the shoes of the company execs. Imagine your place of work for 20 or 30 years going down in flames around you. If you are a teacher, imagine the school is going to close at the end of the week forever if you make the wrong choice tonight. Every kid in your school will never be educated if you fail. The only way to possibly save yourself and your students is to lie your ass off. That is not a fun place to be, and that's the tension behind the film.
On a final note, I didn't sense an overt political viewpoint from the filmmakers. I didn't feel this was a hit-piece on Wall Street or anyone else. It was dramatized and probably shrunken down in time-scale, but quite believable. I found that refreshing.
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The movie was more like a documentary.... informative....but not really entertaining...Published 5 hours ago by Doug Wade
I cannot give an honest review of this movie because i did not get a chance to finish seeing it. I only saw the first 15 minutes of it, and some distractions took my attention... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Philip Mercurio
This was awesome. Very little advertising but once I saw saw the trailer I was hooked and it completely delivered.Published 13 days ago by Philippe Desamours
Honestly, this is one of my favorite movies. Amazing acting, wonderful plot. It's all great. i've watched it three times and will most likely watch it a few more times.Published 17 days ago by M.W.
Powerful cast. Definitely draws the viewer into an alternative movie universe filled with extreme finance situations and extreme behaviors by corporate types. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Silicon Valley guy
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