Money Monster is an upcoming American drama political thriller film directed by Jodie Foster and written by Alan Di Fiore, Jim Kouf and Jamie Linden. The film stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West and Caitriona Balfe.
Money Monster is an upcoming American drama political thriller film directed by Jodie Foster and written by Alan Di Fiore, Jim Kouf and Jamie Linden. The film stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West and Caitriona Balfe. less
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Money monster, in my view, has two major dimensions. Smaller of the two dimensions is the hostage-situation that it creates. And the larger dimension, which actually is what the hostage-situation is all about, is to tackle the financial greed of large corporations. And here’s where Money Monster’s problem lies: the representation of the minor element is far better than the major.
Money Monster starts off unconvincingly. The scenes establish George Clooney as an eccentric but powerful TV financial guru. He is eccentric to the sense that he seems like those Gurus on our television who recommend emerald stones to ward off all your troubles in life. But his image is not explored with much conviction and you have trouble weighing his character for about half the movie.
And then there’s Julia Roberts, who is the director of the show, the one person George Clooney’s Lee Gates depends on. She is the voice of reason that counters and manages his borderline irresponsible behavior. All of this is hardly new of course and has been at least dozens of times before.
But the movie starts to get interesting when the show is hijacked by an angry viewer (Jack O’Connell) who has lost a lot of money after he followed Lee’s financial advice. By hijacked, I mean, carrying a gun and two bomb jackets. He immediately orders Lee to put one of the jackets and makes it clear that the show stays on-air or else he will blow up the host’s head.
With those high stakes, the movie goes forward and we go back a couple of steps to know how exactly this situation arose.
The hostage-scenario of the story is done well, without taking many wrong steps. But since that is only part of the larger-picture, a lot depended on the climax of the story, which doesn’t quite deliver.
Not to say that Money Monster is a bad film. It’s a solid affair that remains watchable throughout, largely because of the strength of its charismatic leads. But the story doesn’t quite make your jaw drop. It doesn’t make you think like The Wolf of Wall Street or The Big Short did recently. It’s as if the filmmakers, at the risk of spoiling the movie, didn’t want to gamble too much.