The causes of the global financial crisis of 2008-2010 and themechanisms that speculators use are complicated and thus not easilypackaged into a 90-minute movie. But movies such as "Margin Call","Arbitrage", "Wall Street" and especially the documentary "Inside Job"do a much better job of explaining them than "Money Monster". Producer-actor George Clooney is known for his anti-establishment movies, andones such as "Ides of March" are excellent. But on this occasion he anddirector Jodie Foster try to do too much: denunciation of Wall Street,financial markets, crooked bankers and the news media. Clooney'scharacter is akin to that of well-known financial network programhosts, and thus not original. His banter with Robert's character is attimes funny and in my view only saving grace of "Money Monster". Butmany parts of the plot are a stretch: lack of security at a majorfinancial news network and police restraint. The corrupt banker'sinvestment is in the same sector as in "Arbitrage". Globalization hasmany discontents. Movies and the media should be cautious about comingclose to justifying violent reactions, especially as copycat behaviorhas been proved.
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Money Monster (2016)
Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.
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In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O'Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today's fast-paced, high-tech global markets.
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Wall Streets fat cats are the target of Jodie Foster's real-timethriller Money Monster, as a live broadcast of a tacky but successfulfinancial advice show is turned into edge-of-the-seat entertainment bythose watching. It's a satire of both our eagerness to lap up whatevergibberish were told as long as it promises to make us money, and ourmorbid fascination with watching live streams of death and destructionin the era of information. Although both subjects have been tackledbefore, it's an intriguing premise, especially with the acting talentinvolved. Sadly, Foster seemingly hasn't picked up on the skills ofDavid Fincher and Martin Scorsese while under their direction, andMoney Monster is a toothless, unfocused effort.
Financial expert Lee Gates (George Clooney) is about to air the latestedition of Money Monster, a show in which he dishes out money-makingadvice on the stock market in a cynical, over-the-top style. In thewake of a technical 'glitch' in a trading algorithm which coststockholders £800 million, IBIS CEO Walt Camby (Dominic West) pulls outof a live interview, leaving IBIS chief communications officer DianeLester (Caitriona Balfe) to face Gates' questions instead. Once theshow goes live, delivery driver Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell) burstsonto the set with a gun and a home- made bomb jacket, demanding answersto why the $60,000 he invested in IBIS has vanished withoutexplanation, leaving Gates and his trusted director Patty Fenn (JuliaRoberts) to track down Camby and keep Kyle distracted.
The real-time format seems custom made for tension and excitement, butFoster displays little talent for setting the pulses racing. Herapproach is to shoot clinically and unfussily, similar in many ways toClint Eastwood, who has made some excellent movies, but whose films oflate have been somewhat cold and careless. It blows its wad early on,serving up all the best moments before the film really gets going.Although he is hardly the buffoon he plays regularly under the guidanceof the Coen brothers, watching Clooney dance to rap music while wearingan oversized dollar-sign necklace is a joy, and he plays the despicablecable-host reptile remarkably well. When he is quickly silenced by thegun-waving intruder, he stops his sleazeball routine and begins anunbelievable redemptive arc, losing the charisma in the process.
The same can be said of O'Connell, who channels the same repressed ragehe did so well in the excellent Starred Up (2013), but is quicklysubdued as Gates and Fenn start to ask their own questions. He isarguably the true hero of the film, if somewhat misguided, but Fosterseems to lose interest in him while the rich take over and try to savethe day instead. It's a contradictory message, and the decision to makethe enemy one man with an expensive suit and an untrustworthy smile,rather than the masters of the universe running the world that the filmshould be attacking, reeks of a lack of ambition. It's a missedopportunity, and the performances are the only real positive I tookaway from the film. I would have been happier watching a movie focusedsolely on a man like Gates, and what helps him sleep at night.
If not a stylist in the slightest, Jodie Foster is a very smart ladyand a capable director with a keen flair for tone. Both funny andutterly pessimistic, Money Monster brings welcome memories of(admittedly better) movies like Network, and there are much worseassociations than this one. Presenting the alliance of computer tradingand cable television as a weapon of mass destruction, of value as wellas lives, Mrs Foster packs up a convincing case, if not escaping alltraps of such a complex subject having to be laid out and resolved in138 minutes, which by the way breeze by as if they were 98, one of thebest possible compliments for a movie in our age of bloated freakshows.
The Ibis corporation took a plunge of 800 M$ after a "glitch" affectedits high-speed trading, this mere weeks after Lee Gates, star anchor ofthe Money Monster cable program, has deemed its share safer than anylife insurance policy. Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell), one of the 99%,having lost everything, breaks in the TV studio, takes Gates hostage,put an explosive vest on him and asks for answers. They prove difficultto get, as Ibis' CEO has vanished. Gates can only rely on himself, andon Patty Fenn, the studio director (Julia Roberts).
It is not useless to underline that the ibis is the animal form of theEgyptian God of Knowledge, due to its ability to make the differencebetween drinkable and corrupt water, a form of wisdom which allconcerned are deprived of, intoxicated as they are with the promise ofmoney acquired faster than the speed of light, thanks to inscrutablealgorithms in a world shrunk to a few stock exchange places. Greed,once heralded as good, is still the same, though, and for lack of abetter word, greed is a bulimic monster that cannot be satiated.
There is a measure of squeamishness in having close friends Clooney andRoberts sharing top billing. Both are consummate professionals, but itis hard not to think once or twice during Money Monster that they arenot stretching their acting chops to a dangerous extent in it. Clooneyis his usual jerk with a heart of gold and easy empathy to his fellowhumans, whatever disturbed they are, and Roberts is her trademarkstrong woman whose inner vulnerability allow her to act noble insteadof curt. They make the show, however, since the other actors aresomething of a white noise, except Emily Meade as Molly, the hostagetaker's girlfriend, who is brought on the air to mollify him and hasone excellent, enraged scene.
Money Monster wears its ideas on its sleeve, but they are treatedwithout naivety. On one hand Mrs Foster is obviously sympathetic to the"Occupy Wall Street" movement and clearly thinks that unregulatedfinance is the enemy. If something catastrophic occurs, blame it oncomputer programming, on Europe, on the ways of the world. Never blameyourself for your mistakes regarding others as long as you make a loadout of them. Last time one checked, this was the 21st centurydefinition of capitalism, a battle of financial kaijus eradicatingindustrial sectors or countries alike. On the other hand, her movie ispessimistic as hell regarding the ability of the common man to make anychange to this current state of affairs. There are a couple of chillingmoments towards the end of the movie, one an enthusiastic flash mobmarching in support of Kyle Budwell, only to vanish like a flock ofsheep as a gun is fired, the other the immediate loss of interest forwhatever the same had to say when his fate is sealed. Case closed,let's have a commercial break. "What kind of program will we havetomorrow?" ask Lee Gates to Penny, whom Drama Day has obviously broughttogether (again).
Ending up in memes and tweets like most things do whenever they startnowadays, Money Monster sums up in a rather tight bundle a sizableportion of what is going wrong in our wretched century, bringing shortattention span disorder in the realm of terminal illness. We don't haveenough memory to process everything happening at the speed it ishappening. Our short bursts of indignation are followed by long boutsof complacency. If money has always been the root of evil, it is now avery modern and capable monster indeed.