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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

A movie directed by Oliver Stone

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It's all a game... Surviving Wall Street

  • Sep 29, 2010
Turn back the clock some 21 years ago, you have the Black Monday in 1987. Fast forward to some 21 years later, there was the Financial Crisis of the Century. I was told long time ago, event or "life cycle" occur in the 7-year cycle. 

1987+21 = 2008!
I should have seen that coming. On hindsight, everything is so clear and predictable.
On hindsight, that is...

The movie Wall Street was shot in 1987. The current movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps attempt to bring back Gordon Gekko from "hell" some 21 years later. It is not a remake of the original nor does it has the essence of the original movie. 

"It's not about the money. It's about the game." ...
as Gekko puts it.

Some 21 years later, Gordon Gekko returns on screen and he's being humanized. What the director is trying to do, if I "read" his intention correctly, is to portray human's ability to learn from mistakes.

Gordon Gekko: "Payback. Except I'm not in that business anymore - because the one thing I learned in jail is that money is not the prime asset in life. Time is."

Whether he's successful in doing so is depending on the audience's own mindset. If you tend to be cynical, you would think the world never learns from history. In fact, as an "insider" (I used to work in this industry), my personal observation is majority of the crowd never learns. And if one does learn, in most cases, it's already too late in the game.

I saw "Wall Street" before I entered the realm of Wall Street. I was back to the theater again for "Wall Street: Money never sleeps" some 23 years later after I quit Wall Street. Now, I think I can be quite objective about Wall Street. From what I gathered from recent news headlines, well, I must mention it again; history will repeat itself again. This time, it will wipe out Wall Street entirely. That's the movie I shall be waiting to catch IF we are not having World War III by then ;-) That's a shocker, isn't it?

Now, back to this movie... It's like the sequel to Star War, only it is work in progress. We ain't see much action but we do see some good acting by Michael Douglas. I do believe as he ages in person and with his real life experiences, the movie does make sense for him. I was pleasantly surprise to see him as a "decent" father, I must admit. In most of the movie I had seen of him in the past, I do not recall him in such a role. And, he acted his part well, imho. 

As for the storyline of the movie itself, nothing great. It simply gives us a glimpse to the next bubble. Perhaps, in the future, we will have another historic moment. Does it has anything to do with green energy? Your guess is as good as mine. In any case, as I keep saying, history will repeat itself when most unexpected. And I do believe we will live to witness it! Surviving it? I'm not so sure!!!

Last but not least, one of Gekko's line is "Bulls make money. Bears make money. Pigs? They get slaughtered."
This reminded me of a famous quote of Deng Xiao Peng: “不管白猫黑猫,抓到老鼠就是好猫.” which literally translates to "It does not matter if it's a white or black cat. A cat that catches mice is a good cat."

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September 30, 2010
quite a pretty good angle you took in this review, Sharrie. I like it! Thanks for sharing once again! we missed yah.
September 29, 2010
I have to admit that I find it difficult to believe that Gordon Gekko would see the light and be rehabilitated too. There isn't a lot of evidence that this sort of thing happens. But I suppose it could happen to one individual--it's just that there would be 100 more just like him out there who wouldn't have learned a thing from what happened to him. Like Gekko said, "Greed is good."
September 30, 2010
You are absolutely right. People do not change. Change is way too difficult and some were even willing to exchange their lives for change. If one survives a mistake, one does change but only in one aspect (as Gekko demonstrates here). It's hard to make a 180 degree change in one's self-identity.
September 30, 2010
Agreed. I was hoping that Stone would make a film that came down harder on the greed that's still rampant in our society.
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"Greed is Legal" says the reptilian and aptly named Gordon Gecko in a lecture while promoting a new book he has written now out of prison for fraud and insider trading.  He's older, wiser, cagier and he might have let the world slip by a little in the new post 9/11 world but he's fully prepared to wring whatever big bucks out of it that he still can while the stock market is on the verge of collapse in this sequel to the original Wall Street film.      …
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review by . March 15, 2011
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.  …
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in 1985 top dog investor, arbitrageur Gordon Geckko(Michael Douglas) was indicted on charges of security fraud and insider trading tricked by his somewhat protege, Bud Fox(Charlie Sheen who makes a cameo appearance). Geckko subsequently sent to prison where he served out an eight-year sentence. On October 22, 2001 a much older and wiser Gordon Geckko is released from prison into a world he use to own and that now has forgotten that he even exists. Seven years later, the financial system is in grave …
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review by . November 15, 2010
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Quick Tip by . September 24, 2010
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Quick Tip by . October 04, 2010
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Quick Tip by . September 29, 2010
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Gekko: "Greed is good... now, it seems it is legal!" Yeah, the world simply never learns. There will be Gordon everywhere in every generation & every other country if you start looking for them. However, to see them as real as a the role of a father rather than a mentor, well, that's refreshing! Do not expect to see greed here as you would in the original Wall Street movie & you'll enjoy this movie more than you'd expect ;-) If you'd like a movie about greed, watch …
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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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