Margin Call – 2011

J.C. Chandor is an up-and-comer. He has only directed three features in his short career, but all three have been standouts. Margin Call is his first film and it is easily his most ambitious. The film focuses on the financial crisis of 2008 and is perfect in its execution and understanding of the issues that created the worst recession of recent history. But as technical as the film is, it is the acting that truly sells the crisis. Kevin Spacey gives one of his best performances as the resigned head of trading who is reluctant to steer into the storm and Zachary Quinto gives a reserved, almost cold performance as the analyst who alerts his peers to the crisis, but shows almost no remorse in profiting from such a disastrous situation. Morality should play a big role in this film, but true to some of the very men who helped create the problem, the characters here may take no pleasure in what they do, but they certainly don’t try hard enough to stop it.

Not exactly heart-pounding, but so close to real that it’s thrilling all the same.

This one feels more like a documentary than a drama and earns a respectable…

4 out of 5


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