Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Reviews
Performances by Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan was questionable at times and noticeable when pulling off the act for themselves much less for the characters they were playing, but it was indeed great to watch Michael Douglas in the movie sequel that originally helped his career sky rocket to an Oscar winning performance.
The original should stand as the better film and the better Stock Market lifestyle with less theatrical situations and more money talk.
About moral hazard ;) overall entertaining and a film that can be watched for multiple viewings and seen from different perspectives.
After 23 years of sequel speculation, Michael Douglas has returned to his Oscar-winning role as Gordon Gekko, the most ruthless stock market player in history.
Under the shining lights of the big apple, Gekko rained supreme in the original. His mantra of ''Greed is Good'' and creating wealth by stealth set the benchmark for yuppies the world over.
With serendipitous timing, the global economy once again teeters on the brink of disaster as yet another Wall Street 'bubble' is about to burst.
Up-and-coming stock trader Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) is trying to minimise its impact on his clients, and his own pocket, while also planning to propose to his girlfriend Winnie Gekko (Carey Mulligan).
Winnie, the estranged and disgruntled daughter of the disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider, despises even the idea of her father.
When Gordon is released from prison after eight years for insider trading, no one is waiting with open arms.
As much shunned by the trading world as he is by his daughter, Gordon bides his time writing a best seller Is Greed Good?, which highlights the so called mistakes in life and delivers 'moral hazards' lectures. However, as Jacob's trade issues get more intense, he underhandedly seeks out Gordon's help under the guise of reconciliation with his daughter.
Against Winnie's pleas, Jacob partners with Gordon in a covert attempt to alert the financial community at large of the coming doom. Working under the mistaken assumption that Gordon is in fact remorseful for his actions, they attempt to uncover who is responsible for the forced suicide of Jacob's mentor, Lewis Zabel (Frank Langella).
But is reconciliation what Gordon really wants, or can he seduce Jacob with lust for the greenback and use him as a ticket back into the financial word?
A squandered opportunity, this padded and anti-climatic sequel adds no extra grandeur to controversial director Oliver Stone's repertoire. Obviously losing perspective as he is to close the project, Stone's loose idea has been filled with embellished emotion, inflated meaning and a ridiculously large amount of insider jargon.
Lacking any depth of meaning, the complex storyline of traders, investment companies, toxic debt, bail outs, energy creation, Swiss bank accounts, foul play and the Dow Jones is spat out at viewers with overzealous incomprehensibility.
Michael Douglas captures Gekko's essence again but lacks the distortion you would expect from the character's down time in prison. LaBeouf and Mulligan have a nice soft chemistry and Josh Brolin is strong as the new evil corporate destroyer Brentton James.
Carving some scene stealing cameos are Susan Sarandon playing Jacob's wonderfully flighty real estate pushing mum, Eli Wallach as an ageing and kooky big shot financier, and even Charlie Sheen makes a welcome and context laden return as Bud Fox.
The Verdict: With all good intentions aside, the characters are predictable, the sleazebag morals are self evident, the eco-purity is pandering to modern sensibilities and the volatile market downturn warning is about 18 months too late. The temple of the all mighty dollar has fallen and so has the Wall Street memory.
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 08/10/2010
The plot is wholly unbelievable, directing mediocre, acting poor. This film is terrible.