Saturday, February 4, 2012

Margin Call (2011)

Director: J.C. Chandor. Cast: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Simon Baker, remy Irons, Demi Moore, Mary McDonnell. 107 min. Rated R. Drama.

A very good picture of how the 2008 financial collapse started, and what it looked like: how big firms created animals out of people, how great talent from across the country went to waste to serve the "too-big-to-fail" companies, how mobsters left no stone unturned in ransacking the public and preserving their own status. Obviously, the movie's Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay was what motivated me to watch it, but the greater strength here is the great actors, with Spacey returning to his Glengarry Glen Ross-like role. I mean, how can a movie with Jeremy Irons' voice be bad?

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