Margin Call: movie review
'Margin Call' is entertaining with a good cast, but somewhat formulaic.
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Writer-director J. C. Chandorâ€™s â€śMargin Callâ€ť is about a rapidly unfolding crisis at an investment bank on the eve of the 2008 economic collapse. Iâ€™m not sure we need yet another movie about nefarious Wall Street shenanigans â€“ especially not when the â€śOccupy Wall Streetâ€ť movements have stolen the spotlight.
I was hoping â€śMargin Callâ€ť would at least be best of breed, and I suppose, given what else is out there, it is (unless you count Charles Fergusonâ€™s Oscar-winning documentary â€śInside Jobâ€ť). But itâ€™s a rather formulaic piece of work. A lot of good actors, including Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, and Penn Badgley, strut and fret their hour upon the stage while delivering acrimonious arias. Itâ€™s all fairly entertaining but also confusing for anybody who doesnâ€™t get the Wall Street lingo. Irons, as the companyâ€™s chief executive officer, seems to sympathize with us: He keeps asking his minions to explain the impending problems in plain English. This is quite helpful, especially if youâ€™ve never heard of a â€śhistorical volatility index limitâ€ť and wouldnâ€™t know what it was even if you had. Grade: B (Rated R for language.)