What happens when the music stops in Margin Call

“If the music were to stop, as you put it, then this model wouldn’t even be close to that scenario. It would be considerably worse.”

Margin CallSo says bright-as-a-button analyst Zachary Quinto to suave CEO Jeremy Irons when he’s part of a hastily called crisis meeting to avert economic disaster in J.C. Chandor’s superbly executed drama Margin Call. Set over a tense 24 hour period at the beginning of the financial crisis, we follow a group of key players at an investment bank as they all come to the painful realisation that their lives, as they know them, will never be the same.

Quite deservedly nominated for an Oscar for its screenplay, first time writer / director Chandor not only drew his morality tale from his father’s many years of Wall Street experience, he also assembled a dynamite, top drawer cast to realise his story – Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Simon Baker, Penn Badgley, Stanley Tucci and Zachary Quinto (also one of the film’s producers) all deliver pitch perfect performances. And what’s more he shot it over just 17 days. How’s that for talented guerilla film-making?

“There are 3 ways to succeed in this business: be first, be smarter… or cheat.” says Irons – perhaps on the surface, the villain of the piece but everything is so much greyer than that and the movie smartly makes you re-evalute this incredible event and the people involved at every turn. It’s an intelligent, rewarding watch and as it’s now out on Blu-ray and DVD, I recommend you check it out.

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