Margin Call (2011)

More than anything else, the year of 2011 has taught me how fragile job security can be in the economic state our world is in today.  I lost my job, the company I formerly worked for went into receivership, I spent five months unemployed, and my mother lost her job too.  I watched movies like The Company Men, Everything Must Go, Too Big to Fail and was emotionally devastated by almost all of them in new, different, painful ways.  What better way to end the year, than with a movie that takes place during a 36-hour period where a Wall Street company realises how fucked they potentially are, and its efforts to stave off financial death.

I’m not going into too much detail about the movie, as most of the jargon might as well have been Star Trek techno-babble to me.  Basically, Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci) is let go / down-sized / fired in the midst of learning about the disastrous financial ruin that is about to happen to the company.  He passes the info on to one of his former underlings, Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto), who then immerses himself in the problem only to come to the conclusion that everyone is fucked.

Much like Too Big to Fail, it is a movie fairly heavy on the details, but it backs those details up with actors that can make you care about something that you have no idea about.  Kevin Spacey plays the tired, experienced leader role perfectly, and there are numerous tropes that present themselves throughout the film, all expertly acted by great actors.  There are no bad performances in this movie, and if you’re reminded a bit of Up in the Air as well, well that’s never a bad thing.  Unlike 2B2F, the movie is fairly accessible to everyone, and since it’s just semi based on actual events, we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen.  Definitely recommended.

4 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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