Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) runs a small-time casino operation out of his apartment. With his streetwise business smarts, he's recruited to join the city's newest and hottest stock brokerage firm, an aggressive, renegade corporation far from the traditions of Wall Street. Trained by the company's top young turks, Chris (Vin Diesel) and Greg (Nicky Katt), Seth takes quickly to his new job's instant riches and fast-life pleasures. He even gains new favour with his estranged father (Ron Rifkin). When Seth wins the eye and the heart of Greg's ex-girlfriend Abbie (Nia Long), it all seems too good to be true. But he's about to learn the devastating secret behind all this intoxicating success. Just as quickly as he was seduced into the firm, Seth finds himself caught in a trap that could bring himself, his father and his whole world crashing down.
Well that was disapointing!
- Boiler Room review by MF
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This film actually starts quite well, it shows the dehumanising cycle that the brokers travel as they get sucked into the dodgy side of selling stocks. It all looks like it is going along as a good film and building to a nice climax that will involve some payback to those that are at the centre of the dishonesty, when it literally ends in about 4 minutes flat. You think it is building to a big end piece and suddenly the titles roll! Either they ran out of money when they were making the movie or the writers just didn't realise how better they could have made it. Performances are good, actors not bad, but it is sadly let down by the really poor ending that will leave you sitting in your chair wondering what just happened.