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Movie Time! Margin Call

Published April 29, 2012 - 0 Comments

It’s funny.. when I went searching for a picture to include with this post, I ended up taking it from a website whose author clearly did not like this movie one bit.  I glanced at some of what he had written, and I’m not entirely sure that we watched the same movie, but everyone has their own opinion.

One of my co-workers recently watched Margin Call, and suggested that I might like it. It’s not the fastest paced movie out there, but there’s a reason for that… it’s about a fictitious trading company that discovers its holdings are worthless, and begins the sell-off that sends the market crashing.  Although no specific year is mentioned, it’s obviously based on the 2008 mortgage collapse.

There are some well known names in this movie, including Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, and Jeremy Irons as the ruthless CEO whose motto for success is “Be first.  Be smarter.  Or cheat.”.  As a complete aside, Jeremy Irons has a great little moment where he picks up a small toy lion and smirks before setting it back down on the desk… Lion King, anyone?!  I loved it!

I don’t know how much of this story is factual and how much is creative license… but it’s not hard to imagine these events at any of the financial giants caught in the collapse that ruined so many ordinary lives.  This is the story of the men and women who saw it coming, and scrambled to make sure they were on the right side of it… to hell with everyone else.