Margin Call (2011)


“There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat.” – John Tuld

Number of Times Seen – Twice (15 Nov 2011 and 10 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A look at the executives at an investment firm as they try to avoid the financial crisis of 2008.

My Take on it – Great story that is enhanced by such amazing dialogue and cast that helps make things feel so much more realistic.

This was the motion picture debut of J.C. Candor as both writer and director and he does a wonderful job putting this all together.

The way that these characters interact with one another via rapid fire dialogue is great even if they aren’t able to truly explain everything about the financial world that they inhabit.

The cast is superb with Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell and Aasif Mandvi are all superb in these roles.

The story plays out really well and is able to give us a very intriguing perspective on this kind of world.

Things play out in a great and thrilling way and they do a wonderful job raising the suspense level as things progress.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jeremy Irons’s work visa expired just prior to filming his scenes. His agency had to immediately scramble to get him the work visa through the British Embassy, as well as a few U.S. senators who helped expedite the process, which usually takes two to three weeks. All of this happened during the Fourth of July weekend, in which Irons was finally able to get his visa and take the plane to the airport in England to get to New York for the shoot. The closing credits of the film includes “The Jeremy Irons Visa Miracle Team.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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