“Margin Call” (2011): A One-Minute Film Review

In 2008, on the eve of the globalized economic meltdown, a young analyst at a Lehmen-Brothers-esque financial institution, comes to a startling conclusion.  His firm is dangerously over-leveraged with cancerous assets and is only weeks away from a complete and total collapse.  Faced with a seven-figure payoff, he and his fellow traders are asked to make a choice.  Are they willing to bite the bullet and reap the consequences of their own greed, or should they sell the toxic assets in one fierce day of trading, thus further spreading the disease to the rest of an already strained financial industry?

Hailed by David Denby of The New Yorker as “one of strongest American films of the year and easily the best Wall Street movie ever made,” Margin Call is the sharply-written debut effort from writer-director J.C. Chandor.  Shot against the New York skyline, it dares to look at these “gods” staring down from their lofty towers of privilege and power and asks the question: can you humanize the demonized?  Or, in this era of Nietzschian politics, must you continue to paint them as sub-human monsters fit only for extermination.

This film is rated R by the MPAA for language.

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5 Responses to “Margin Call” (2011): A One-Minute Film Review

  1. Bill Radford says:

    When was this released in theaters and why have I never heard of it?

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  2. Bill,

    It hit Sundance Film Festival back in January. That’s when I first heard about it. Later, near the end of October, it was given a “limited” release in 56 theaters nationwide, where it earned just over $5 million dollars. At present, it’s on DVD.


    P.S. Any news on whether your temporary post will/has become a permanent gig?

  3. mahoneyrm5150 says:

    Loved that flick.

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