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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 2010 – movie review by Kate

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 2010

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Plot: As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader’s mentor. (Rotten Tomatoes)

Rating: PG-13for brief strong language and thematic elements

Genre: Drama

Starring: Michael Douglas, Frank Langella, Josh Brolin, Shia La Beouf, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon

Director: Oliver Stone

Running Time: 2:07

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Ebert says – 3 stars “Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a smart, glossy, beautifully photographed film that knows its way around the Street (Stone’s father was a stockbroker)… I wish it had been angrier. I wish it had been outraged. Maybe Stone’s instincts are correct, and American audiences aren’t ready for that. They haven’t had enough of Greed.” (read full review)

Christy Lemire (Associated Press) says – 3 stars “Oliver Stone was making a statement on the glibly money-hungry times when his “Wall Street” came out in 1987 and, with it, the iconic figure of Gordon Gekko declaring that greed, for lack of a better word, was good. Twenty-three years later, greed is still getting a lot of people into a lot of trouble. The entire country, in fact. And so Stone’s latest, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” is the rare sequel that feels not only relevant but necessary.” (read full review)

Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) says – 2 1/2 stars “The movie itself, just OK. But Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” director Oliver Stone’s sequel to his 1987 melodrama, has its satisfactions, thanks mainly to a cast skillful enough to finesse what is effectively two films sharing the same screen. One concerns Gekko’s comeback, after doing time for securities fraud and related crimes. The other is a romance involving a hotshot Wall Street trader played by Shia LaBeouf and his “lefty Web site” lover and fiancee, Gekko’s estranged daughter, played by the formidable British actress Carey Mulligan.” (read full review)

Rex Reed says – 2 stars “Slick” is one word that describes Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone’s sequel to his 1987 morality tale about greed and self-destruction among stock market wheelers and dealers. Another word is “unnecessary.” Michael Douglas weaves in and out of the action to deliver a few bitchy lines, but the movie shreds what’s left of his character in time for an illogical family-reunion finale I found both embarrassing and overwhelmingly unconvincing. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a movie only a hedge fund manager could love.” (read full review)

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