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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: Movie Review



Genre:
Drama
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon
Released by: 20th Century Fox

In Short: Oliver Stone misfires with the sequel to his 1987 hit “Wall Street,” due to abundant clichés, a soap-opera story line and lethargic pacing.

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OLIVER STONE SEQUEL A DUD

Money Never Sleeps But “Wall Street” Does

Despite the constant horn-honking motif and quick cutting director Oliver Stone employs throughout “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” he cannot hide the fundamental fact that his movie is a snooze.

The sequel to his 1987 hit “Wall Street,” this new film once again stars Michael Douglas, in a reprise of his Oscar-winning role as disgraced financier Gordon Gekko. This updated iteration is set in 2008, as Gekko is released from prison. That happens to coincide with the real-life Wall Street/investment banking crash of the same year, something that Gekko predicts as he touts the book he wrote while in the slammer.

Meanwhile, there’s a new young gun on the trading floor, named Jake Moore, (get it? He wants more, more, more money!) played by a serviceable Shia LaBeouf. He’s a financial whiz who also happens to be sleeping with Gekko’s estranged daughter Winnie (the always-alluring Carey Mulligan). She purports to hate her dad and all traders like him, but nevertheless gets herself engaged to Moore, just as he gets himself tangled up with her father.

Shia LeBeouf in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Michael Douglas and Shia LeBeouf in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

A family soap opera ensues, framed with plenty of nefarious insider trading shenanigans thrown in. But unlike most of Oliver Stone’s films, the pacing of “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is lethargic. It is apparently tough to make the process of moving money around seem exciting; and even tougher to make us care about the emotional lives of what are essentially unlikable characters. Poor Gordon Gekko, his daughter doesn’t love him. Poor Winnie Gekko, she ends up with a man just like her father. Yawn.

Add in Josh Brolin and ancient Eli Wallach as cartoon-character billionaire bankers, throw in Susan Sarandon doing a caricature of a Long Island matron (as Moore’s mother), finish up with a cameo by Charlie Sheen embarrassingly mugging it up as Bud Fox (the protagonist of the original flick), and what you end up with is a cliché-ridden tale that makes you wish you had simply taken a nap instead.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters


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(Updated: 02/08/11 NW)

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