Margin Call


A major financial crisis looms

Set in a made-up Wall Street firm, J.C. Chandor’s audacious debut charts 24 hours in the lives of bankers snared in the 2008 crash.

Its portraits of people it’d be easy to bash are complex and compassionate, with terrific performances across the board (from reptilian CEO Jeremy Irons to pragmatic middle-ranker Paul Bettany).

If Chandor is occasionally a tad on the nose, this remains the best fictional treatment of Wall Street yet.

It’s a sophisticated, even-handed and realistic take on modern corporate governance – and far more suspenseful than that perhaps sounds.

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