“Margin Call” is a drama film written and directed by J.C. Chandor, starring an ensemble cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, and Zachary Quinto. The film is set during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis and centers around a group of investment bankers at a fictional Wall Street investment firm.
The film follows a 24-hour period at the firm, starting with the discovery by Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto), a junior risk analyst, that the firm’s portfolio of mortgage-backed securities is highly over-leveraged and could cause the firm to collapse. As the situation unfolds, various senior executives and traders within the firm try to navigate the crisis, making difficult decisions about how to manage their exposure to the toxic assets and minimize the firm’s losses.
As the hours tick by, tensions rise within the firm, and the characters grapple with the ethical and moral implications of their actions. The film explores themes of greed, accountability, and the dangers of unchecked capitalism.
“Margin Call” received critical acclaim for its performances, direction, and writing, with many praising the film’s ability to make a complex financial crisis accessible to a general audience. The film was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 84th Academy Awards.
Duration: 107 min.