Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
November 2, 2010
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Director: Oliver Stone
Writer: Allan Loeb/Stephen Schiff/Bryan Burrough
Producer: Edward R. Pressman/Eric Kopeloff
Starring: Michael Douglas/Shia LaBoeuf/Josh Brolin/Carey Mulligan
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 133 minutes
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is definitely something that I do not find easy to review simply because I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, I think that it’s a great drama with some brilliant performances from Michael Douglas and Shia LaBoeuf and on the other hand, I find it to be somewhat boring in a couple of scenes, there were a couple of times when I wanted to walk out but I am glad I didn’t. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is set when the global economy on the brink of disaster. Jake, a young trader, teams up with Wall Street legend, Gordon Gekko to alert the financial communities of the disaster and to find out who was responsible for the death of Jake’s mentor, Louis Zabel. The main three characters (Gekko, Jake and Winnie) are quite interesting as we see Jake get caught in the middle of something unsettled between father and daughter and must choose either his girlfriend or his idol. Gekko has just been released from jail and wants to settle the score with a few people and repair his relationship with his daughter and Winnie is writing a political blog and dating somebody who works at Wall Street even though she hates Wall Street (which is where her dad works too). As you can see, there’s some interesting characters in the movie with their own dilemmas and you want to know what happens to them and you actually care for them but it’s unfortunate that the other characters aren’t interesting enough for you to be bothered about them. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has a very good cast and again, the main characters have put on a terrific performance that made you believe their characters. However, the other characters may not be interesting enough but the acting was quite good.
I thought that the locations and the camerawork were great and well done and really worked with the movie. The only things that I could fault with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is it’s editing in some scenes. I think that the runtime is simply too long for this movie and you could very easily cut thirty minutes from the movie and it would not have any effect on the story as there were a couple of scenes that felt like they were there to fill out to ensure the movie would be longer. Another thing that made me feel disappointed were the scenes with Shia LaBoeuf’s character and Josh Brolin’s character Bretton James, who is the ‘villain’ of the movie as Shia is the ‘hero’. The scenes between them were surprisingly quite boring and could have been ten times better and more engaging. I wasn’t expecting them to start throwing punches but I was expecting more emotion from those scenes but out of a few scenes with Brolin and Shia’s characters in them, there was only one that felt good enough.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps isn’t a bad movie and this can be watched and followed easily if you have not seen the first Wall Street (I haven’t and I understood the movie). Unfortunately, there are some parts that can let the movie down a little such as the useless scenes. If you do not like dialogue-driven movies then this is definitely one you should avoid, however if you like financial movies with some good drama, then I would recommend this to you.