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Movie Review: Margin Call

Alternate Title: Den of Thieves

Story: I really liked last year's 'Inside Job' http://lobosmoviereviews.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/movie-review-inside-job/ by Charles Ferguson. This new film is about the same topic - the economic tsumani that is still rocking the world and began in 2008. Margin Call by first time film writer and director J. C. Chandor is equally good - if not better.

This is a fictional account about an investment firm's drastic scorched earth decisions when it discovers that an economic Armageddon is about to begin. Heads will roll and the sliver of the firm's morality will go out the window. The story takes place in a 24 hour period and begins with massive layoffs and ends with the few survivors.

The dialog is fast paced and the acting is terrific. One of my favorite lines is spoken by the always wonderful Jeremy Irons when as head of the corporation he asks for an explanation as to the problems they are facing - "Speak to me as you would to a young child - or a Golden Retriever."

Yes, the topic is depressing - but this is a must see film.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jQoScJFNj0

Acting: Kevin Spacey as Sam Rogers does a terrific job. Paul Bettany as Will Emerson made me nervous and squirmy. Jeremy Irons was deliciously evil as John Tuld. Zachary Quinto as Peter Sullivan was intensely interesting. Penn Badgley as Seth Bregman was obnoxiously good. Simon Baker as Jared Cohen was coldly fine. Demi Moore as Sarah Robertson was not believable and Stanley Tucci as Eric Dale was his usual fine self.

Predilection: The topic fascinates and enrages me.

Trivia: J.C. Chandor graduated in 1996 from The College of Wooster. The film premiered In Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Bear.

Critters: A dead dog.

Food: I know there was scenes with food but I saw the film too long ago to remember.

Sex Spectrum: No time for sex - too busy stealing.

Visual Art: New York City looks very sexy.

Weather: Not a factor.

Sappy Factor: Not a drop of sap.

Squirm Scale: The entire topic of corporate greed makes me squirm.

Drift Factor: I was riveted throughout.

Predictability Level: Sadly we all know how this story ends.

Tissue Usage: I weep for us all.

Oscar Worthy: Yes.

Big Screen or Rental: I always recommend the big screen,

Length: Under two hours.