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½ June 17, 2016
Great cast but mediocre plot. Stone did the same story again and again the final is almost like a fairy tale.
½ May 4, 2016
A bit of an uneven sequel to the great original. LeBouf and Douglas are fine, and when the script talks about money and greed it gets interesting, but the movie itself is widely uneven, with some genuinely wtf moments.
March 11, 2016
Ok follow-up to Wall Street, but unneeded. Michael Douglas just doesn't have the material to work with here, aside from some bits toward the end, and Shia LaBeouf lacks the suave magnetism Charlie Sheen had in the original. Gekko being made into a human figure who decries the excesses of capitalism rings hollow, and the end of the movie (before the credits scene) is probably the most forced good ending I've ever seen (he betrayed them for god's sake). Josh Brolin does a fair job as the new Gekko stereotypical businessman, but lacks anything unique. The one good thing I will say about this movie though is that the Sheen cameo was totally unexpected, as he wasn't on the playbill or anything. It was nice to see Bud Fox return for a bit. Overall, stick to the original and check out the Sheen cameo on Youtube.
½ July 6, 2015
Leg warmers, vans, the Rubik cube, Danger Mouse, Pac Man and Gordon Gekko. No, it's not the return of the '80s, just one of its most extreme icons.

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
Super Reviewer
December 20, 2010
Another fascinating film about the endurance of the money game and the pleasure for some to be in the speculation battle, with Douglas again in an amazing performance as the greedy shark Gordon Gekko and a dialogue still sharp in this compelling story whose sole misstep is a weak, unnecessary conflict in the final act.
½ February 17, 2016
All this movie has going for it is its name and the legacy of the original. Michael Douglas' acting is fine, but Shia LaBeouf is horribly miscast and seems to forget he is not in yet another Transformers sequel.

The plot is wholly unbelievable, directing mediocre, acting poor. This film is terrible.
October 5, 2010
This is a maybe....!
December 31, 2015
Less a sequel, more a remake, with Michael Douglas one again reprising the role of corrupt Wall Street banker, Gordon Gekko and Shia LaBeouf steps into the shoes vacated by Charlie Sheen. The only other difference is the volume of currency, adjusted by inflation. Like the first film, Douglas makes it watchable, but there's little else to write home about.
½ January 19, 2013
a small, cliché story but the performances of the cast makes this movie watchable
October 9, 2015
While the movie didn't plunged terribly, it didn't manage to raise to it's game either. Too dull and mundane and never really brings it's audience to feel the excitement and heart-pumping experience behind the "Wall Street" rollercoaster ride.
½ August 23, 2015
I assume the story was written whilst waiting for flight.
nonsense, sentimental, flat, pointless!
½ July 26, 2015
Entretenidísimo filme, en el estilo de la primera parte de esta historia, aunque tal vez se pudo haber aprovechado más el relajito financiero que acaba de ocurrir en el mundo, para elaborar un poco más la trama a ese respecto, el personaje de Gekko (M. Douglas) fiel a su estilo nos tiene guardadas dos o tres sorpresitas. Lo peor de la película Shia LaBeouf, no le creo nada.
January 3, 2011
January 2nd-3rd 2011
June 14th 2015
June 3, 2015
Should have stuck with one movie. Gordon Gekko was dull and boring and I'm not a big fan of Shia Labeouf and add the Oliver Stone slow burner, this didn't keep me interested long.
July 18, 2012
A sequel that is as good as the original is hard to find but this is
½ December 27, 2011
The ruthlessness of Gordon Gekko isn't captured in this film as it was in the first one. That's the only thing that made the first one fun to watch and not having it weakens the movie. LaBeouf is just as bad as Charlie Sheen was before him, and the background into Gekko's family is an unnecessary detour the film takes. The film wasn't bad, but it could've been better.
April 9, 2015
Not bad sequel. Interesting ideas presented here. Crazy to see how much things have changed in the span of 20 years...
April 8, 2015
Great movie, but nothing will beat the original. Love to see Michael Douglas back at it, and LaBeouf does a great job taking the lead role. Overall, great movie that I've definitely seen more than once...
March 2, 2015
While it is better than most sequels out there, and it is entertaining, somewhat a bit too long, Wall Street Money Never Sleeps unfortunately suffers from a weak script, a convoluted plot, however Michael Douglas and Shia Labeouf's chemistry is enough to save it from being dull experience.
½ September 20, 2010
a great story about being human
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