Lionsgate has released the first trailer for the financial thriller 'Margin Call,' and based on what we've seen, it's one of those films that will just get your blood boiling. The story centers on the key people at an investment bank during a 24-hour period before just the 2008 financial crisis, and it zeros in on the greed and hubris of the people whose decisions sent the world into a major recession -- and cost a lot of people their jobs, livelihood and retirement.

The cast includes Demi Moore, Simon Baker, Penn Badgley, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci and Kevin Spacey. 'Margin Call' opens Oct. 21. Here's the official synopsis; check out the trailer after the jump.

Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, 'Margin Call' is a thriller entangling the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When entry-level analyst Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) 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. Expanding the parameters of genre, 'Margin Call' is a riveting examination of the human components of a subject too often relegated to partisan issues of black and white.

Writer-director JC Chandor's enthralling first feature is a stark and bravely authentic portrayal of the financial industry and its denizens as they confront the decisions that shape our global future.


Tip o' the hat to Collider.