The Company Men (Daily Movie)

This is a movie that concludes on a note of naivety, but it deserves credit for being a well written and seriously conceived ensemble drama about white-collar America and the financial crash. Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Ben Affleck play executives in a corporation which they have put at the centre of their lives, but whose top brass, to ward off a takeover, are secretly planning to hike the share price artificially with brutal layoffs. These besuited guys, with their luxury automobiles and fancy houses, face humiliation. The movie is good at showing how middle-ranking salarymen, who for decades thought themselves above it all, have become the cannon-fodder of the 21st century marketplace. They get downsized while the top tier of management ascend to a godlike, super-rich caste. A sober and sobering picture.