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Review: Margin Call

AS the current financial crisis attests, money makes the world go round and when the flow of capital is restricted, the ripple effect is felt from one continent to the next.

A scene from the film Margin Call

AS the current financial crisis attests, money makes the world go round and when the flow of capital is restricted, the ripple effect is felt from one continent to the next.

Writer-director JC Chandor here explores the questionable morality of a fictitious group of men and women at the centre of the current collapse.

Set at a large investment bank with echoes of ill-fated Lehman Brothers, this taut thriller unfolds over its 36 nail-biting hours as executives in tailored suits huddle to take momentous decisions that will send shockwaves through the markets.

Yet wealth is ultimately just a series of figures on a computer screen.

Junior risk analysts Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) and Seth Bregman (Penn Badgley) watch with horror as human resources sweeps through their floor, pulling aside employees, including their boss Eric, as part of a massive redundancy plan.

“I was taking a look at something but they wouldn’t let me finish it. Be careful,” Eric warns Peter, handing his brightest underling a memory stick before he is escorted from the building.

Peter assesses the data and makes a horrifying discovery.

 
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