Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Margin Call

Director: JC Chandor

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

A tense white-collar drama about morality in a Wall Street investment firm set during the meltdown. The trading firm are in damage control as top executives Seth Bregman (Paul Bettany), Sam Rogers (Kevin Spacey) and John Tuld, CEO (Jeremy Irons), lead an all-night crisis meeting to decide on ruthless measures to preserve their personal wealth. Faced with an 80% lay off of the company's workforce, the chief casualty is top risk analyst Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci). Dale's whip-smart protégé, Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) is given top secret research revealing due to the toxic of the firm’s assets, it is more than likely the investment firm is in imminent danger of bankruptcy. Despite a wordy script there are good performances, particularly from Spacey as the most tormented executive, in this study of greed and opportunism highlighting the ease in which principled employees are swayed to engage in unprincipled acts before others do it to them. Worth a view.

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