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It could have been a very successful terror film. A new kind of fear, although a very old and
known fear for most of the American middle-class workers. The fear of unemployment, the fear of not
being able to support their families, the fear of not being able to meet their obligations, the fear of not
being able of making the mortgage payments or the medical bills, the fear of bankruptcy. However, it
was only a movie about the 2008 financial crash, and the way a firm can act when an impending
financial doom day is discovered by the staff. It is about the management and the decision-making
processes that will affect the lives of billions of people all around the world. Financial crisis forces
governments to act, to make policies that would counteract the effects of the crisis, using their reserves,
asking for loans to minimize the different effects that that particular crisis has on the national economy.
Margin call depicts a monster that was growing inside the closet of the financial market, and the
consequences of thinking that the monster could be avoided and kept hidden inside the firm´s practice.
The film is about the ethics of a firm facing the total loss of their actives and what the characters did to
prevent the firm from falling. The question is whether or not they had other choices that were less
detrimental to the global economy.
The first fear is unemployment. When Human Resources officers fill the office where some characters
were working, all of the staff started to feel the fear of unemployment. The advice of the more
experienced worker is “look down and continue working.” The character, Will Emerson, head of Trading,
has several years of experience working in the firm, and he had seen a l...
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