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Movie Review: Money Monster

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MONEY MONSTER:

Director Jodie Foster

Screenplay Jamie Linden

Starring: George Clooney, Jack O’Connell, Julia Roberts

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Rating: R

98 min

Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell, this film details a stock exchange TV show host, Lee Gates, with a passion for flair, slight eccentricity and humour who gets interrupted by a discontented investor during the airing of his show who demands answers after his $60,000 investment into a trading firm disappeared as a result of a computer glitch. Brandishing a gun and a bomb vest which he puts on Gates (Clooney), they are forced to discover the real reason for the glitch or the bomb will be detonated.

This film was directed by Jodie Foster, who famously starred in Silence of the Lambs back in 1991, and since then has directed 4 movies including The Beaver and Home for the Holidays. Her directorial efforts haven’t really gotten much acclaim, and I doubt this film will either. Why? Well, let me tell you.

This movie has a strong cast behind it, such as Julia Roberts who has always been well respected since her role in Pretty Woman, and George Clooney is apparently a skillful thespian as well; unfortunately I’m not a fan, but his star power is hard to ignore. Finally Jack O’Connell, who was the lead actor in two series of the original Skins, and pulls off a New York accent in my eyes and showcases the character of an unhinged, unstable man with a slightly displaced anger quite well.

George Clooney pulls his character off well, although at some points he overreached with his emoting, and it seemed unrealistic and overdone. Despite this, I’m on my way to being a fan. Julia Roberts did a great job as the composed, intelligent and mature director who held control of her show throughout the chaos. She dukes it out with Jack O’Connell for the best performance in the film, who has an accomplished performance throughout.

However, this film doesn’t quite satisfy me after all the anticipation I had after watching the trailer. It created the image of excitement, and a thriller that you wouldn’t be able to take your eyes off of. Unfortunately, I could, and some parts of the film just weren’t thrilling, despite its genre classification as such. Because of its relationship with finance and stocks, I went into it thinking that my experience watching it would be something akin to what I felt watching The Big Short (which is something you should definitely watch) .

While the progression in the relationship between Clooney and O’Connell’s characters throughout the film was well paced, the great performance between Julia Roberts and the support cast of the show’s crew, as well as its realistic ending, this film just didn’t shuck my corn.

It is definitely worth watching though: strong cast, good story and some solid humour throughout.

Give it a go.

3.2/5

M.K

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