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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

A movie directed by Oliver Stone

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Greed is bad, but this movie is pretty good!

  • Oct 1, 2010
Rating:
+3

Back when I was a wee lad living on the mean streets of Lacey, Washington, I had the good fortune to win tickets to an advance screening of Wall Street. I took my mom and we drove up to Seattle where I saw a movie I didn’t much understand, but did really like. It left an impression on me so great that even now, all these years later and having seen the movie only once, certain parts of it stay with me, such as the iconic “greed” speech.

 

If you’d asked me to make up a list of the ten films since 1987 that I’d expected there to be sequels too, I must admit Wall Street would not immediately leap to mind. It might not even stagger slowly mind before toppling over. It was a sequel I never expected and never really wanted, but I’m pleased that it’s here and I’m even more pleased to say that, for the most part, it works.

The sequel centers around the infamous Gordon Gekko, now released from federal prison and making money on the lecture circuit, and a young up-and-comer named Jacob played by Shia LeBeoff. It’s mid-2008, just about the time of the big market collapse, and Jacob is courting Gekko’s daughter, a liberal blogger who wants nothing to do with her father. This relationship takes a back seat very quickly as we see the collapse starting, beginning with the firm that Jacob works for, and eventually extending out through the economy.

Not long after the collapse of Jacob’s firm, he meets Gekko and starts a process of trying to bring Gekko back with his daughter. Gekko goes along with this and seems to make a genuine effort to bond with his only remaining child, but even as he does you sense that he’s holding back. The eventual explanation for that feeling is no real shock, but is quite effective and makes sense.

There’s a lot to like in this movie. The acting is great and the screenplay is quite tight, though it does drag at a couple points and there’s a credits scene I could really have done without. Sadly one level where the movie does fail is by making no real effort to actually explain what was going on that caused the collapse. There’s some hints and some mild efforts, but not anything substantial, and that’s something of a pity, though to be fair it’s a hard subject to make work and to understand. Michael Moore built a movie around his efforts to do so, and that film is certainly worth seeing.

Overall while not quite as good as the first film, and certainly not nearly as ground-breaking nor as interesting as a lot of Oliver Stone’s other works, this is still a great movie and one I was happy to have seen.

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October 05, 2011
Good content !
 
October 04, 2010
Great review, CR! This movie sounds a-okay :)
 
October 04, 2010
I am still undecided whether I should go out and see this or not. But perhaps, I'll just wait for it on video. Thanks for the great review!
October 04, 2010
Whoa, Woo hasn't seen this new release yet??? ;P
October 04, 2010
Nope. I like Douglas and Stone but I'm not fond of Shia these days. Any movie with him in it becomes a rental  LOL!
October 04, 2010
Ouch!
 
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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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