December 3rd, 2011 by Raj Ranade
The big running joke in J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call (playing at the Kentucky Theatre), a fictional account of an Lehman-Brothers-esque investment bank on the eve of the 2008 market crash, is that most of the employees at the film’s financial firm are as confused about what their company does as your average 99-Percenter might be. A low-level egghead (Zachary Quinto) investigating the firing of his boss (Stanley Tucci) is the one who first discovers that the company’s bets on subprime mortgages threaten to bankrupt half of Wall Street. When he attempts to explain this to superiors, however, he’s told to speak in “plain English” (Jeremy Irons’ CEO asks him to explain as he might “to a young child, or a golden retriever”).
Entry Filed under: Miscellaneous