Who was to blame for the economic crash of 2008?

The banks, for getting too greedy and selling toxic financial products? Governments and economists, for doing too little to spot or stop it? Us regular Joes, for our relentless consumerism and inability to spend within our means?

Truth be told, it’s a combination of all of the above, though that won’t stop us from pointing the finger at the fat cats in the City and on Wall Street for duping us into debt in the first place.

What must have gone on in their glass-and-steel towers in the days and hours before the markets collapsed? Well that’s exactly what the relatively unknown director J C Chandor looks to answer in his new film Margin Call.

The movie is set in an investment firm during a 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis, when a junior analyst at the firm – played by the excellent Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek) – unlocks information that could prove the downfall of the firm.

The film’s most impressive feat is in taking a potentially dry subject matter and converting it into a genuinely tense thriller. Helped in no small part by an all-star cast, including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci.

Margin Call is out on DVD & Blu-ray November 12