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Dubious morality of greedy financiers; Margin Call (Cert 15, 102 mins).

JUNIOR risk analysts Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) and Seth Bregman (Penn Badgley) watch with horror as human resources pull aside their boss Eric (Stanley Tucci) as part of a massive redundancy plan.

That night, Peter completes an assessment of financial data and makes a horrifying discovery: the company's formula for long-term growth is fatally flawed. Having alerted senior colleague Will Emerson (Paul Bettany) and head of sales Sam Rogers (Kevin Spacey), Peter and Seth watch in awe as head of securities Jared Cohen (Simon Baker), head of risk assessment Sarah Robertson (Demi Moore) and CEO John Tuld (Jeremy Irons) Paramount Home Entertainment, Thriller, also available to buy DVD PS12.99/Blu-ray PS19.99) Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany rush to the office in the dead of night to contain the damage. Margin Call is a taut thriller which unfolds over 36 nail-biting hours, exploring the questionable morality of a fictitious group of men and women at the centre of the current global financial crisis.

Spacey reflects humanity in the eye of a storm as a department head desperately trying to protect the people under him. If Gordon Gecko, the oily anti-hero of Oliver Stone's Wall Street, was right and greed is good, then the characters in writer-director JC Chandor's film are very good indeed. Irons chews scenery with gusto, telling one of his lieutenants with an icy glare: "It's just money, it's made up: pieces of paper with pictures on them so we don't have to kill each other just to get something to eat."


TENSE Margin Call unfolds over 36 nail-biting hours
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 9, 2012
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