Before The Door Pictures, Benaroya Pictures, Washington Square Films,

Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Aasif Mandvi

This exciting drama brings us into the middle of a large investment bank on a day when half of the floor is being let go to lower costs. Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci) has been with the company nineteen years, and has been working on some theoretical financial formulas that are likely to cause chaos in the entire financial world. As he is walked out of the building, he hands a zip drive to one of his co-workers with the instructions to look at this right away. His last words were, “Be careful”. Then he walks out and disappears. As the co-worker discovers, all hell is about to break loose, and he calls his new boss who calls his boss who calls the CEO and they set out on an all night marathon session to decide whether to do the right thing or to cut their losses and run, trying to liquidate before anyone catches on.

I found this drama to be very exciting. The cast is awesome, with Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, and many more. The pace is exciting and they explain the financial world in a way that’s possible to understand. I usually find banking and finance rather boring,but this one was very interesting from start to the very end. In a week where I was really disappointed in the films I got to watch, this was one bright spot. I didn’t expect a lot going in, but was very pleasantly surprised. There was a lot of dialog, but it did explore each person’s concerns and their set of values under which they operate. It was interesting to see how each person dealt with the situation when everything was out of their control. This is typical of big business in general. Some are the greedy bastards, just looking out for themselves, and others really have a conscience. This was a very interesting film.

Click here for the trailer for Margin Call.

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