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'Diamond' Dave Matthews works for a ruthless firm providing mortgages to families denied credit, regardless of whether they can afford the repayments. Divorced City banker Gus sells ... See full summary »

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Laura Ainsworth ...
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Ryan
Mona Goodwin ...
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'Diamond' Dave Matthews works for a ruthless firm providing mortgages to families denied credit, regardless of whether they can afford the repayments. Divorced City banker Gus sells lucrative corporate mortgages over the phone and literally has orgasms at his own success. Dave runs into old school-mate Jim Potter, a married security guard with two children and, under the guise of friendship, offers him and his family an escape from their drab council estate. But the repayments rocket,dragging the Potters into a spiral of debt. Jim works overtime but is so exhausted he sleeps on the job and is sacked. Gus's workaholicism alienates him from his daughter and colleague/lover Anna, who resigns, and he is undone by the world recession, losing his job, his purpose in life, and he kills himself. Jim confronts Dave but to no avail.The Potters are re-possessed though they move up in the world when they are re-homed whilst Dave carries on deceiving more families with a different company. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Dave: Alright darling.
Sam: What the fucking hell is wrong with you!
Dave: What are you talking about?
Sam: Do you think I'm fucking stupid?
Dave: No I don't think your stupid, what are you saying?
Sam: Where were you the other night?
Dave: Which night, when?
Sam: Which night, when, what
[she fake laughs]
Sam: don't play the fucking innocent with me you know what I'm talking about Dave.
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Elegantly constructed Faustian tale
27 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

This film, about the 2008 financial crisis, tells its story through three main characters: Gus, the insipid banker who bundles mortgages into tradable assets - Dave, the subprime mortgage salesman who preys on impoverished families - and Jim, the hardworking security guard who falls prey to Jim's scheming. The thread connecting them gradually untangles, as the crisis unfolds in a cacophony of sound and fury.

Something that immediately strikes me about the movie is the way it depicts bankers. I personally know bankers, and they are exactly as this movie suggests: shallow, unfeeling sods with bizarre priorities. Indeed, I once knew a person exactly like Rosamund Pike's character - nuff said. See the movie.

The acting is outstanding, particularly by Dominic Cooper, Joseph Mawle, and Anna Maxwell Martin. Aidan Gillen and Rosamund Pike were inconsistent at best, but that is to be expected.

At the end, this is one of those movies that leaves you with much to think about, and - if you are like me - broiling with anger against the financial industry that made this crisis possible. In sum, this is the best movie about the financial crisis made thus far. Do yourself a favour, and go rent it.


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