Douglas is back in his Oscar-winning role as Gordon Gekko, whose iconic Greed is good mantra and daring corporate raids made him a rock star of financial titans. Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. But a young, idealistic investment banker (LaBeouf) learns the...more
Douglas is back in his Oscar-winning role as Gordon Gekko, whose iconic Greed is good mantra and daring corporate raids made him a rock star of financial titans. Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. But a young, idealistic investment banker (LaBeouf) learns the hard way that Gekko is still a master manipulator and that today more than ever, money never sleeps. less
“Though it doesn't touch the lofty heights of the original it still manages to stand firm on its own. A must watch!”
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"You stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling truth bout you..." First and foremost, I would like to admire the patience of stone for keeping this sequel at hold for 23 years. Have to say it was a judicious decision! In 1987 Stone released his first edition of Wall Street, when the world was undergoing huge economic crisis. He revealed the inside stories of stock markets as well as Stock Brokers. Michael Douglas or better known as Gordon Gekko (an unethical investor) who said in the first part "Greed is Good", is back with same character but this time with the question "Is greed good?"
Stones first version inspired people to become Gekko and the outcome was 2008 recession. To discover the actual cause and consequences of this crisis, Oliver Stone revives Gekko in his 2010 edition Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
In this one we see Gekko being released after completing 8 years of imprisonment and stepping into the world once again in 2008. He has lost almost everything; his family, wealth, assets but still is having a huge fan following even in the new era. Gekko becomes a mentor for Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) an extremely well-established broker who lives with Winnie (Carey Mulligan); Gekko's daughter. Jake is portrayed as young, dynamic and greedy investor who is presently endeavoring to earn wealth by investing in green energy. Owing to Gekko's sharp sense and years of experience he was able to smell the upcoming threat of downturn. He tries ringing the warning bells in the ears of Wall Street but due his past criminal records nobody listens to him.
You will even find Gekko trying to re-build his relationship with his daughter Winnie, who always blamed him for her brothers suicide. "The scene where Gekko beg in front of Winnie for a second chance as a father is shot beautifully. It will get etched in your mind."
To my surprise Gordon Gekko was not the main focus of this edition. This one is more of compelling drama of muddled relationships and corporate downsizing. The way Oliver Stone monitored every move minutely and then got it on screen deserves a big thumps up. To support his effort we have the team of great actors giving outstanding performances. The only place where the movie falls apart is its climax, which was under-developed according to me. Due to that the viewers will definitely lose interest and will find the movie unfinished.
You will get to discover the importance of renewable energy, the consequences of blindly running behind money, the complexities of broken relationships, reasons behind Global Financial Crisis and off course the role of media in our lives.
Final Verdict: Good watch especially for corporate world and others should only go for some power-packed performances as well as great background score.