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Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi; Saving Private Ryan, The Mod Squad) is a young man with brilliant entrepreneurial skills. He runs an underground casino from his apartment and makes a killing, servicing the young kids of his neighbourhood with gambling, drugs and pornography. Then along comes Greg (Nicky Katt) who tells him about a small stockbroking firm that would suit his skills. With the pressure from his overpowering father to get a "real job" playing on his mind, Seth starts the training program at J.T. Marlin. This is where the fun begins….

"Alright! Mayfair!"
Movie
J.T.Marlin is a firm situated outside Wall Street where young and vibrant males use their exceptional sales skills to woo potential clients into buying stock exclusive to the firm. Seth passes all the necessary tests and is soon making large amounts of money telling his clients that he is giving them "the opportunity of a lifetime". His financial success interests him so much that curiosity gets the better of him. He then stumbles upon the real reason J.T.Marlin can afford to pay its brokers the money they do.

Along the way he meets Abby (Nia Long), practically the only sustainable woman in the film. His involvement with her inevitably leads to problems, the least of which occurs when the FBI decide to use her in their investigations of the firm. What ensues is a rough ride for Seth and a solidly constructed, fast-paced piece of work.

Ben Affleck also makes an appearance as Jim Young, doing his best impression of Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. These are the kinds of roles that Ben should be looking for, with his small part impacting greatly on the attitude of the film. Vin Diesel is also suited to the role of Chris Varick, delivering the fast-paced dialogue with the appropriate poise and clarity.

"Sorry, I spat on your tie."
The macho feel of the film clearly suits the subject matter, with the odd bar-room brawl and verbal stoush thrown in for good measure. With the testosterone on the overflow, this film is one for the boys, though Affleck, Diesel and Katt provide the eye candy for the ladies…

Video
Presented in 16:9 enhanced widescreen, Boiler Rooms looks nothing short of brilliant. The blue wash applied during filming looks superb on DVD, with all the tones and colours coming up a treat on the transfer. No apparent aliasing or artefacts make the video quality top notch. The layer change occurs in a logical scene change in the film, proving that someone is actually thinking about their placement these days.

Audio
A 5.0 surround track is supplied here, although it is probably not the best reference tool when testing out the new speaker system. The office scenes are particularly useful here, with the use of surround creating the all-encompassing atmosphere.
Disappointingly, the commentary is presented in 2.0 surround, although the content is of the most interest there. Overall, a serviceable sound without providing any earth shattering audio moments.

"Alec Baldwin is my hero."
Extras
This is where a good film can be transferred into a great one, and this disc doesn't let us down. The director's commentary is a great supplement for fans of the film and is interesting enough for those with only a passing interest. Director Ben Younger reveals various details about the film and the locations they used for the shoot. He includes information on production, cast and crew among other things, which should always be present on a commentary. Next in line are the deleted scenes, though it's obvious why they weren't included the final cut. Among these is the alternative ending, always a welcome inclusion for those interested in changing the story. This one is a little more vague than the ending included in the final print, but does put a different spin on what happened to the characters in the film. Also included are the mandatory theatrical trailer, which looks how it should, and the Cast and Crew Biographies, which give enough information to warrant a look-see.

Boiler Room doesn't hide the fact that the whole stockbroking-firm thing has been done before. The characters gather to perfectly recite the dialogue from Wall Street, the phrases used in Glengarry Glen Ross are mentioned to Seth when he starts out, and Ben Affleck must have grinned from ear to ear when he read a part that was so Alec Baldwin it suited him to a tea. The film delivers with a young and enthusiastic cast, some fast pacing and a decent story to tell. Definitely worth 115 minutes of your time.


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