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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Slow, obtuse, and boring. Tried to be suspenseful and intense but totally missed the mark.Published 19 days ago by Morgan Ford
Great cast. Great acting. Lousy script. Honestly, how did this movie ever get made? In the sections where a boss is being shown numbers on a computer which demonstrate that they're... Read morePublished 19 days ago by ProfessorMike
Excellent movie giving you a behind the scenes view of what really happened when the Banks failed all of us !!!Published 29 days ago by John A. Zimmer
Gotta be on top and pay attention to detail and know numbers. May want to watch a second time to better understand who's the fall guy.Published 1 month ago by Sharon Harten
Great snapshot of a critical moment in history—from inside the boardroom.Published 1 month ago by phoenix
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