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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

A movie directed by Oliver Stone

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Wall Street: Stone Doesn't Speak

  • Sep 27, 2010
Written by Allan Loeb and Steven Schiff
Directed by Oliver Stone
Starring Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin and Michael Douglas

Gordon Gekko: A fisherman always sees another fisherman coming.

Oliver Stone is reputed to be a controversial film director but that isn’t entirely fair.  To be controversial, one must make statements that rock the status quo and potentially encourage progress and change.  Stone may have started out his career with more of a bite, but the two-time Oscar winner for directing, doesn’t actually have very much to say at this point.  Instead, he attaches himself to projects that cannot help but be controversial in nature and allows our already preconceived notions of these subjects to do all the talking for him.

In WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS, Stone revisits one of his most successful films to supposedly reiterate to us what he did in the original WALL STREET, because clearly, we were not paying close enough attention then.  In 1989, investment mogul, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) stepped over everyone he knew for the almighty dollar and ended up going to prison.  He was famous for having said that “Greed is good,” but as it turns out, it was pretty bad.  So bad that it inspired him to write a book about how greed was going to be the downfall of America.  He got rich off that book of course and then Gordon Gekko went on to predict the 2008 economic crisis.  If only Stone had made this movie before everything happened.  Maybe all of this calamity could have been avoided.

Gordon was released from prison in 2001 to find that no one was waiting for him and the world had continued on without him.  Then apparently nothing at all happened for seven years because the story picks back up in 2008.  Gordon’s daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan) is now dating a Wall Street up and comer, Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf).  Together they share a bright future full of possibility and fortune until their financial flooring falls out from underneath them.  This new generation of money players is portrayed as reluctant but yet still able to enjoy their wealth and the lifestyle it affords them.  Their ideals, nobility and honour, are still intact but this is just an illusion and lucky for all of us, Stone is here to show them that more money means more problems.

The greed that is bringing everyone down in WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS is exponentially bigger than it has ever been and Stone warns us that we will not survive another financial meltdown like the one that just forced the American government to fork over billions of bailout dollars.  Solid performances and some impressive camera work on behalf of Rodrigo Pietro make the experience reasonably entertaining but Stone never lets us forget just how touchy everything is.  He preaches of how moral hazard will continue to cripple the market but basically applies the same principals to his own filmmaking.  As long as he hides behind the overbearing face of controversy, he will never have to risk anything of his own by actually saying something unpopular himself.

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September 29, 2010
What a short memory. Have we already forgotten how Stone was mocked at the Oscars (was it by Billy Crystal?) for seeing the Kennedy assassination as a conspiracy of potentially epic proportions? Or how the right wing jumping on him for "maligning" the good name of Richard Nixon, though most of them had not bothered seeing the film. Oddly NIXON made me feel strangely sympathetic towards the man for the first time in my life. And then there was all that silly flack over the way he "glorified" violence in NATURAL BORN KILLERS. In all fairness his films have become boring since he quit doing cocaine.
October 01, 2010
In all fairness, I've never found his films to be that interesting, coke or not.
October 01, 2010
Such is life.
September 27, 2010
Really good points made, some I even missed myself. When all is said and done, this is a very average movie. Nothing great and nothing special but worth seeing once.
September 29, 2010
Yeah, it isn't going to change anyone's life.
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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a 2010 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone. It is a sequel to the 1987 film Wall Street, and the first sequel Stone has done to any of his films. Michael Douglas reprises his Academy Award-winning role of Gordon Gekko and Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, and Frank Langella also star in the film.

Set in New York City, the film takes place 23 years after the original, revolving around the 2008 financial crisis. The film's plot mainly centers around the reformed Gekko acting as more of an antihero rather than a villain and follows his attempts to help Wall Street before its soon-to-be stock market crash as well as trying to repair his relationship with his daughter Winnie with the help of Jacob, Winnie's fiance. In return, Gekko helps Jacob get revenge on the man he blames for his mentor's death.

The film's story and screenplay were written by Bryan Burrough, Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff. The film was produced by Stone, Douglas, Edward R. Pressman, co-produced by Eric Kopeloff and executive produced by Alessandro Camen, Celia D. Costas, and Alex Young. On September 9, 2009, the film began principal photography in New York and finished filming on November 30, 2009. Despite originally having a tentative February 2010 release date, and a release date of April 23, the film was released theatrically on September 24, 2010 in United States.


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    Director: Oliver Stone
    Genre: Action, Drama
    Release Date: September 24, 2010
    MPAA Rating: PG-13
    Screen Writer: Stephen Schiff, Allan Loeb
    Runtime: 2hrs 7min
    Studio: Edward R. Pressman Film
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