speak for itself, but Margin Call
sometimes slips into the obvious when things could be left implicit---the character of Seth (Penn Badgley) serves only this purpose. Otherwise, it’s bang on: the pacing, the ensemble cast (Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, to name a few), the timely and thrilling story; it all bodes well for Chandor as a new talent.
In the nascent stages of the financial crisis, employees at a Manhattan investment bank weigh out the odds and their options--- “be first, be smarter, or cheat,” as the film’s motto goes. For us lay people, J.C. Chandor’s debut venture penning and directing a feature film is an enticing glimpse into the trading world: nobody really knows exactly what’s going on; the little guy crunches the numbers and the big guy guesses and “at the end of the day, one guy wins, one guys loses.” An image
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