Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

"Very Good"

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Review


Michael Douglas returns to his most iconic role for this 20-years-later sequel to Oliver Stone's 1987 hit. Of course it couldn't be much more timely, as it dips into the current financial chaos and the drama behind the scenes.

Jake (LaBeouf) is a rising-star broker working for a Wall Street veteran (Langella). His girlfriend Winnie (Mulligan) is the estranged daughter of the legendary Gordon Gekko (Douglas), who recently completed his prison term for insider trading. But Jake's idea to reunite Winnie and her dad takes a turn when they begin a kind of teacher-student relationship. Jake then takes a job for an archrival investor (Brolin) to orchestrate his downfall. But this is 2008 and banks are starting to collapse around them. And maybe Gekko is up to his old tricks.

There's an awful lot of financial dialog here and whether it holds water is anyone's guess. After about three scenes it just sounds like blah-blah-blah, and yet the screenwriters actually create a sense of drama from this impenetrable gobbledygook. We may not have a clue what's happening, but we know it's not good. Much more interesting is the personal melodrama involving various parents and children, mentors and proteges, and of course Jake and Winnie.

All of this provides a series of meaty scenes for the cast, with Douglas merrily chomping through the scenery at every turn. He's terrific on screen, likeable and untrustworthy at the same time. LaBeouf holds the film together quite well in the central role, with the fine Mulligan providing solid emotional resonance along the way. And Brolin is slick and intimidating as the smiling villain of the piece.

This is Stone's boldest, liveliest film in years, with gleaming surfaces barely obscuring the flickering consciences. Yes, it takes a broad swipe at ostentatiously wealthy bankers who make their fortune by robbing from the poorest people in the country. And also from the government in the form of unrestricted bailouts. Through all of this, Stone keeps the plot moving briskly and holds our interest even when things bog down in money-speak. But the most telling part is that only the interpersonal drama really engages us.



Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 133 mins

In Theaters: Friday 24th September 2010

Box Office USA: $52.5M

Box Office Worldwide: $134.7M

Budget: $70M

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Edward R. Pressman Film, Dune Entertainment III, Dune Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Fresh: 121 Rotten: 100

IMDB: 6.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Edward R. Pressman,

Starring: as Gordon Gekko, as Jacob Moore, as Bretton James, as Winnie Gekko, as Lewis Zabel, as Sylvia Moore, as Julie Steinhardt, as Audrey, as Jack Schwietzer, Alexander Wraith as Jake's friend at club, as Bill Clark, as Office Blogger, as Natasha, as Clark Wildman, as Chuckie, as Bud Fox, as Churchill Schwartz Trader, Sebastian Sozzi as Diego

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