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Margin Call

A 2011 film written and directed by J.C. Chandor

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  • Feb 7, 2012
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I took away 2 statements from this movie:
  1. The numbers just don't add up anymore.
  2. If you're the first out of the door, that's not panicking.

This is a movie about the financial crisis that's still ongoing in the world but not any longer in the markets. Until, well, the next tsunami comes around, that is. The 2 statements above still work in the present time though.

It's been awhile since #1 operates in the global financial and banking system. I bet most people choose to not believe that, ignore it and hope for the best. Even people in the industry will tell you otherwise (especially since a lot is at stake). Others? Well, one can't simply wrap his/her mind around it without going crazy and berserk!

So, the movie goes on the premise of what had happened. Or, is it really? I feel like watching the future despite knowing it's something else. This movie is probably more appreciated by those who are or were working in the financial industry and have clues about what really is happening and at stake. For most, it's not really that exciting a movie (too much talking and too little action, according to my cousin). Despite that, I enjoyed it. 

Acting is great and movie is well paced. The stake is beyond what average people would realized. When it comes to derivatives and all, who really got the exact figure? If you are interested in finding out that humongous number and all that entails, I recommend 3 books:
  1. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
  2. The Growth Map by Jim O'Neill
  3. The Endgame by John Mauldin & Jonathan Tepper

I read these books just recently and trust me, you have got no idea how messed up things are or if everyone begins to realize that, how messed up our world will become.

Margin Call, anyone? Check out the Big Short by Michael Lewis for background reading!
Life is turning interesting!

P.S. Why do I get the feeling I was watching Richard Fuld at some point?
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February 11, 2012
I skimmed your review since I have this as a rental. Will be back....
February 07, 2012
Great topic and review to boot !
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Margin Call is a 2011 American independent drama film, written and directed by J.C. Chandor, and starring Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, and Penn Badgley.

The film was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and opened on October 21, 2011 in the United States.

The film takes place over a 24-hour period at a large investment bank (loosely modeled on Lehman Brothers) and focuses on the financial crisis of 2007–2010. The film follows the actions taken by a group of employees during the financial collapse.

Principal photography began on June 21, 2010 in New York City. Part of the film was shot on the 42nd floor of One Penn Plaza, which had recently been vacated by a trading firm. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film also played In Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Bear.

The film was produced by Zachary Quinto's production company, Before The Door Pictures, by Quinto and his two producing partners, Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa.

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Director: J.C. Chandor
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: October 21, 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: J.C. Chandor
Studio: Before The Door Pictures
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