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Set in the high-stakes world of Wall Street, MARGIN CALL is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm d uring the earliest hours of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as the firm's employees must weigh whether to save their own company (and their jobs) at the risk of fleecing millions of investors.
• "Revolving Door: Making MARGIN CALL" featurette
• Deleted scenes with optional audio comentary
• "Missed Calls: Moments with Cast and Crew" outtakes
• "From the Deck: Photo Gallery"
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If you want to know how the early stages of the Great Crash of 2008 happened, this story is pretty damn close to what the internal dynamics and incentives were like at the big investment banks on Wall Street like Goldman Sachs circa mid-2007 (which largely avoided the worst effects due to being first to dump and then short the MBS bonds and other derivatives it had once sold) versus Lehman Brothers (which didn't dump its assets quick enough and went bankrupt setting off the acute phase of the credit crunch and job losses). Even if the details of the crisis and technical-speak are lost on you (and they really don't dominate at all, merely being plot devices for the onslaught of Nemesis upon the guilty characters), seeing the way past decisions undermine loyalty, responsibility and empathy is just spot on. The politics of a massive publicly owned corporation and its intricately operating hierarchy are something everyone who has worked in finance or another Fortune 500 company will find chillingly laid bare in a subtle way. There are no cartoonishly evil characters here, and even though Jeremy Irons' scenes make him out to be amoral he merely thinks that is the system they all signed on to, and he's somewhat right despite his callousness. Spacey tries to hold the high ground when asked to essentially backstab all his employees, colleagues in other firms and life's work but in the end gives in to the one law of the jungle on the Street: money. And while it's easy judge him as unscrupulous and unprincipled in that moment, the viewer should not forget another brilliant line delivered by Bettany earlier in the film defending the investment firms' actions: you and I are guilty too, as without these amoral creatures and their great corporate vehicles, we wouldn't enjoy our lifestyles as we know them. You shouldn't leave this film smugly confident that you aren't above these characters and they world they portray, even if in a more abstract, quotidian fashion.
this movie was very good, but the idea behind all of the stuff that goes on in the buying and selling is very irritating. the results or victims are the ones that get the shaft in the end. the top does not care what happens to the middle or below. that is usually the way of the world, but somehow, it has to stop... makes you want to certainly diversify your investments, so no one thing will kill the future. some people will like this movie, but others will just get angry at what takes place. if you make a mistake, own up to it and take a loss. the middle should not suffer at the whims of the top. the movie was great, but the actions of the board makes you want to puke.
What was disturbing was the simplistic attack on capitalist practices, as if the bad old investors/brokers brought this mess down on everyone's heads. Congress, (mainly the Dems) pressured banks to offer mortgages to bad prospects. To turn this idiocy into something profitable, investors figured out how to repackage them to mitigate risk. Yes it was risky but the main fault lies with meddling of Congress in the free markets in the first place. So, Wall Street did bad things when the house of cards came down. But the villains are never named in the whole length of this movie.
Still, it was good acting and well told. No special effects, almost no T&A, lots of f-bombs, but a story well told with only partial verity.