In the first installment of "Wall Street" in '87, Gordon Gekko's character became the definitive icon of cynical and uninhibited ultra-liberalism. So much so that one might suspect his famous axiom "greed is good" for having inspired some financiers in the real world. With "Margin Call", the directors, JC Chandor dusts off the genre of the financial thriller, offering the trip in reverse. This time it is the reality that invites itself to the cinema for a closed session of 24 hours preceding the crisis of the sub-premiums of 2008.
Movie: Margin Call (2011)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Director: JC Chandor
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Ashley Williams, and Aasif Mandvi
Synopsis: A financial company's management division head working on a major analysis is fired. His protege attempts to complete the analysis and finds out the true reason behind their financial downfall. (Imdb)
Review: Certainly one of the best thrillers that criticizes the world of finance. The casting is really high level. Nothing less to carry this closed and cynical closet on the inhuman drifts of capitalism. Perched hundreds of meters in skyscrapers, well away from the normal population, guys tend to cowardly save their skin from the bewildering consequences of deleterious products they sell at all costs. Without visual frills, the film is simple, the photography neat, the plot is well written. Nevertheless, I would have liked more consistency in the writing of the characters. Although the director did not choose a didactic staging, as i found myself in the position of a perplexed spectator, who doesn't really understand too well the stakes of these dishonest financial maneuvers.
The film is filled with paradoxes, in its construction as its realization. It must be recognized that it works rather well, as this open-space apocalypse has a great intensity and is breathless. JC Chandor also delved fairly to show neither devils nor superheroes, the dozen characters through the film being treated with a fair enough tone, distanced, avoiding the pitfall of caricature Manichaeism that separates the good performers who do not have no choice of bad and greedy decision makers.
Critic Ratings: AA