Debuting at Sundance this past January, J.C. Chandor‘s Margin Call managed to get picked up by Lionsgate, and the first trailer for it has now arrived from Yahoo! (via FirstShowing). Taking place over one day at an investment bank, the movie follows the company as they go through financial panic when a math genius realizes that the company’s debts are beyond their control. It has an impressive cast, which includes Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Simon Baker, Demi Moore, and Stanley Tucci.

The trailer is clearly trying to sell this as a thriller, which some have described it as, but the problem is that they’re making it look like a more traditional one — as if it’s about somebody who goes around murdering people. As a result, this comes off as trying just a little too hard to sell a movie to an audience that might not want to see it in the first place. It deals with issues I find myself interested in (and I don’t hate the preview), so I could see myself giving this a shot when it hits theaters. I just wish the marketing didn’t seem so phony. Our review from Sundance was positive, though, calling the film a “fast-paced, character-driven piece” that’s “well worth your time.”

Watch the trailer below:

Plot: The key players at an investment firm become entangled during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When entry-level analyst Peter Sullivan unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.

Margin Call opens on October 21st.

What did you think of this trailer? Does the subject matter interest you?

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