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The Big Crash - Margin Call

The Big Crash - Margin Call

USA 2011 - with Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto ...

Movie info

Original title:Margin Call
Direction:J.C. Chandor
Cinema release:29.09.2011
Production country:USA 2011
Running time:Ca. 105 min.
Rated:From 6 years
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2008 will go down in history as the year in which the banking crisis shook the entire financial world to its foundations - with consequences that are still not foreseeable today. Filmmakers have often tried to deal with the financial crisis and its consequences cineastically in ambitious works, among them Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" or, most recently, the splendidly cast "Company Men". Now, with "Der grosse Crash - Margin Call", the best contribution to the topic so far comes into our cinemas. Director J.C. Chandor manages in his drama shot in a few days on a small budget to bring the whole problem almost like a chamber play to the point.

It's not a rosy day for the employees of a big investment bank on New York's Wall Street. Many employees are informed this morning that they no longer have a job. Senior risk analyst Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci), who has served the bank well for many years, is also thrown out of the door from one moment to the next. At the last second he can give his protégé Peter (Zachary Quinton) the results of an important analysis of the current company situation. And after Peter has made his own calculations, it is clear that the company is not in good shape. Immediately he and his colleague Seth (Penn Badgley) inform their superior Will (Paul Bettany), who becomes clear at the sight of the calculations: this analysis must be passed on immediately to the very top. Together with their boss Sam (Kevin Spacey), Peter, Seth and Sam face the entire board of directors during the night hours, who decides on a highly speculative rescue action that forces all participants to cross their moral boundaries...

"Der grosse Crash - Margin Call" is a superbly played chamber play that is able to convey a complex topic captivatingly and frighteningly credibly. It is fascinating that actually nothing more happens than the animated discussions about a rather dry, factual topic. But it's precisely because the whole thing is presented in a rather sober manner and without any emotionality infused with pathos that the explosive nature of the story can be transferred to the viewer and captivate him for over 100 minutes. The screenplay, written by Chandor himself, shines with intelligent dialogues that make the events accessible and understandable even for laypeople. These are performed by an ensemble of actors, after whom every director would lick his fingers.

Convincing newcomer actors like Zachary Quinto ("Star Trek"), who also acted as co-producer, or Penn Badgley ("Gossip Girl")) from more experienced performers like "mentalist" Simon Baker and Paul Bettany to the full pros Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Jeremy Irons, they all deliver performances that are gripping and simply great. Even the often scolded Demi Moore fits easily into the strong male squad. In the subcooled look of largely empty, sparsely lit offices, this ensemble unfolds an acting power that is difficult for viewers to escape.

"Der grosse Crash - Margin Call" is a first-class economic thriller, a frightening glimpse behind the curtain of a crisis that few have triggered, but which affects so many. A strong piece of cinema that proves that exciting, intelligent entertainment can only be achieved through dialogue and the appropriate presence of strong actors. absolutely recommended!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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