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It starts out as a big-stakes film attempting a grand statement about the rift lines in the machine of American capitalism. It ends up going small-time, as a miserly story about people we do not understand behaving in ways we don't believe.
The kind of pointed critique of the American financial system this film might have made ends up without teeth, while the troubled personal relationships at its core are steered, without reason, towards an inexplicably treacly Hollywood ending.
Unfortunately, whether Stone admits it or not, the 1987 original is not a good movie -- Michael Douglas' iconic Oscar-winning performance notwithstanding -- and this sequel, timely as it is, suffers from similar issues.
It should be an electrifying tale of love and loss set against the turbulent economic crash of 2008, but instead there's a whole lot of smoke without real fire, and while it's entertaining enough, you'll undoubtedly still leave the cinema disappointed.
By making Wall Street Money Never Sleeps a nice romance/patriarchal drama set against the bulls-&-bears world of high-finance, Stone has let the GFC off far too lightly and largely ignored the legacy of Gordon Gekko.
In hindsight, Stone should have left Gekko behind bars, a casualty of his own hubris and shark-like appetites, but here he is, back on the New York streets he once owned, in 'Money Never Sleeps.' And to what end?