Halogencore movies are stories of corporate intrigue and malfeasance, told from the point of view of characters on the "outside of the inside" — low-level apparatchiks, functionaries, subordinates, and middle managers, navigating crisis from the periphery of real power. They usually take place over a short time frame — day, or a night, or a weekend — and against a ticking clock. They are not stories of lasting change, stunning revelation, or dramatic reversals of fortune. They are stories of beaten-down people acquiescing to or negotiating compromise with power. The "victory" of a happy ending in a halogencore movie is not that power has been toppled but that our compromised hero has manage to survive inside the machine without being…

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  • Michael Clayton
  • Margin Call
  • The Assistant
  • Shattered Glass
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Compliance
  • Dark Waters
  • High Flying Bird
  • The Ides of March
  • Syriana
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • Moneyball