12/20/2011

Movie Review: Margin Call (2011)


A lot of people lost money in the US financial meltdown in 2008. Margin Call is a drama is based on what triggered that market collapse.

Wonderfully acted and strongly casted, the ensemble of Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, and Demi Moore makes the seemingly boring topic (finance and investment banking) a tight story that would keep people glued to the big screen.

The story shows how people and corporations go from greedy to survival mode in an instant and do everything not to be left "holding the bag when the music stops." The film can be likened to Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, but a lot smarter. While the movie does its best to simplify the subprime crisis and its dire effects, some people might get confused with the premise of the film.

Margin Call is a smart thriller that offers interesting points on ethics, greed, and how money makes the world go round.


Rating: 4/5


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