Posted by: Dan Beucke on October 21, 2011 at 1:43 PM
Bad enough there’s a howling mob outside your bedroom window, or that those protesters are messing with your bid for an 18th-Century soup plate. Now bankers are being forced to relive the financial crisis. Banks just turned in their worst quarter of investment banking and trading results since 2008. And today theaters start showing Margin Call, which sounds from the reviews like the smartest movie yet about the banking collapse. It’s a rare film that conveys the sense of humans overwhelmed by markets, gets the financial details right, and is actually fun to watch. Says The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr:
Among the many virtues of Margin Call, the engrossing debut feature by writer-director J.C. Chandor, is its appreciation of this economic implacability. Unlike the second Wall Street (or, for that matter, the first), the movie understands that financial markets aren’t merely tools to be wielded for purposes nefarious or benign, but vast and evolving entities in their own right, often inscrutable even to their purported custodians. Chandor’s film is not a tale of the plots and counterplots of conniving bankers. It is a disaster movie, in which even the Masters of the Universe are running for their lives.