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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

A movie directed by Oliver Stone

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps... Not worth the gamble in this market

  • Mar 15, 2011
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Wall Street may be the place where money never sleeps, but the film may put you to sleep.  They say it's a financial thriller, but a thrill it was not.  Maybe I just don't understand anything about the stock market.  Maybe it's just the subject matter that didn't really peak an interest for me, but even after a quick refresher of the 1987 film (which I practically fell asleep watching) I felt that the 2010 story left me with a lack luster feeling just like the original.  Anyone who thinks a financial based thriller seriously needs to be 2 hours in length must get something that I just don't. Please be warned, this review will contain SPOILERS!  If you do not want any thing to be spoiled (if that is even possible since the story is pretty much the same as the first film) than I would recommend not reading further. 

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps takes place 13 years after our first introduction to Gordon Gekko.  Although Michael Douglas does a great job playing a total ass-hole, there was really no need for this follow up story.  I was frustrated going in knowing that he suddenly had a daughter when the only child we knew of from the first film was a son.  Granted the son was most likely only included in the original film because it was writer and director Oliver Stone's own kid, however was it really needed to get rid of the poor kid just to have a sudden addition to the family?  Not that it couldn't have happened, but I just want to know why the story couldn't have involved a Gekko son.  Only excuse I can think of is that Stone and the studio most likely didn't feel that the story would have worked for some reason or other if it had been a female approaching Gekko or maybe even his own son being a ruthless broker.  I understand that, but I would have loved to have seen what they could have done with a gender reversal. 

I feel that Money Never Sleeps is one of those hit or miss films.  If you loved the first one, you will most likely enjoy this film.  I chose to sit through the 2 hour running time of Wall Street, hoping that it would benefit me in the long run, but as I sat there I only wished I had not made that decision.  Then to sit through another 2 hours and 13 minutes of the same thing was one of the most painful things I have done in quite some time.  I contemplated walking out, but thought that if I did I might just miss the one good thing in the film.  So I continued to sit there, hoping for something to happen.  There is no special effects to help pass the time.  There is no real suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  The only thing the film had going for itself was the few cameo appearances of two actors from the original film.  With a quick one-two between Gekko and Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), and a quick hello from Sylvia Miles as the realitor, all that was left was the heavy hitters that carried the film. 

Josh Brolin (Goonies and Jonah Hex) did a decent job portraying the "almost believable" villian that everyone was out to get.  Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) was surprisingly believable in his portrayal of Jake Moore.  There was a little of his past characters that almost carried over from time to time, but I was delightfully surprised by his acting.  It definitely made up for his mistake in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (sorry Spielburg, but that was a huge fail on everyone's part).  Carrey Mulligan (An Education) was fine as Winnie Gekko (no matter how mysterious her entry into the story is).  Even the brief appearances of Susan Sarandon (who plays Jake's mom), Frank Langella (who plays Jake's mentor Louis Zebal), and even Eli Wallach ( who plays Jules Steinhardt) gave it a little push to keep me in my seat, but even with such great talents in the film I still thought the story lacked in a lot of areas.  Maybe if Darly Hannah had a cameo in the film I would feel otherwise as that just might have been enough to void out how painful the rest of the film had been.

Unfortunately Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a film I wish I had passed on.  The original was more than enough for me.  I give this film a 2 out of 5. However if you choose to take on this challenge I wish you the best.  Just don't shoot the messenger if you lose it all by taking the gamble in this market. 

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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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