Saturday Open Thread: Margin Call Reviews
Has anyone seen "Margin Call"? Even though it just opened in theaters, it's also available on On Demand. I watched it last night. It was good but I wouldn't call it a "thriller" or "harrowing" like some. No one commits a crime, no one dies, no one is a hero. It's just about executives from a single company who, upon learning their numbers don't hold up, rationalize their decision to dump their over-leveraged real estate mortgages on other companies and create economic chaos. The only suspense, and it's mild, is whether the other top brass will go along.
Some say it's Kevin Spacey's best work. I'd hardly call it that. Also, there was way too little background provided on the major characters, e.g., Demi Moore. It almost felt like walking into a movie in the middle. [More...]
Another criticism: the scheme wasn't described enough (other than in mathematical jibberish) to enable us to agree it would have caused national economic doom. We're just supposed to accept that because the firm's execs, who also don't understand it and say so, conclude that it will be the disaster of all time from one look at some bottom line numbers.
There were scenes where I expected something big would happen -- I won't give them away but they involve a bathroom and a rooftop and an executive dining room -- but it doesn't.
To say it's low-key is an understatement. But the film is worth seeing -- especially for the scene at the beginning with the human resources team coming in and meeting with employees during a major lay-off. That's about the only scene I'd call "chilling" and it wasn't because it was terrifying or scary, just icy.
This is an open thread, all topics welcome.
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