Based on Jordan Belfort's book charting his rise and fall, "The Wolf of Wall Street" recreates the wild ride through the 90s of this penny stock trader, soon multi-millionaire never bothered by ethics. Leonardo DiCaprio's tour-de-force performance drives the film from work at a Wall Street corporation to a shabby office to his own Stratton Oakmont Long Island firm.
Margin Call imagines insiders' actions and reactions when, in 2008, they realized the financial world faced immediate, catastrophic collapse. A fictitious, 107-year-old, international Wall Street firm claims $8 trillion in assets, soon to be unequivocally worthless. This well-written scenario, "inspired by real events," unfolds over 24 hours of tense power plays, confrontations, and loss—emotional as well as monetary.