January 18, 2017

“Margin Call” gets a sleek, star-studded trailer


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Margin Call,” a new thriller from director J.C. Chandor, has traces of John Grisham’s DNA yet benefits from a ripped-from-the-headlines narrative that trades in recession talk, debt ceilings, credit scandals and more.

The film earned solid reviews at Sundance earlier this year, with kudos being dished out to cast members Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto (in the Charlie Sheen of “Wall Street” role), Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci. As the film gears up for an Oct. 21 release date, we have our first official look at a sleek new trailer. It’s posted below:

The use of the digital clock to heighten tension is borrowed directly from “24,” and the urgent dialogue (which Spacey nails, as usual) is a relative of an Aaron Sorkin script. I’m anxious to see if Chandor and his cast can sustain that level of suspense.

The film opens on Oct. 21, an this trailer does an excellent job at establishing “Margin Call” as a can’t miss based solely on the throwback tone to paranoid thrillers of the 1970s, and that cast. Looking forward to it.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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