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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. Runtime: 133 mins Release Date: 23 Sep 2010
A Nutshell Review: Money Never Sleeps (by DICK STEEL)
Money Never Sleeps succinctly wrapped up the recession of our recent times, with the collapse of a trusted, mammoth investment banks hint , the dog-eat-dog world of the inner financial circle, and how the entire sub-prime nonsense which preyed on everyone's insatiable greed, prove to be everyone's downfall in a buyer's beware market, if only things were that clear especially when rumours are used as tools and weapons to mislead and force a predictable outcome through which to hedge funds on. There were many instances with the release of Gordon from his jail sentence, where his <more>
second career as a writer/sought after speaker only in America folks brought about opportunities for the character to serve as a mouthpiece of caution in today's world.There's a new protagonist in the film in Jake Moore, played by Shia LaBeouf, who's very much into alternative energy markets and has a hand in the investment and development of one such nuclear fusion farm. Unfortunately the investment bank he works in goes belly up causing the demise of his much respected mentor Louis Zabel Frank Langella , Jake swears revenge against Josh Brolin's Bretton James, another head honcho banker in a rival firm, and if you've not been listening attentively, or are not remotely familiar with the financial terms being mouthed around, you're more than likely to find it hard pressed how this link was made to position Jake and Bretton as rivals.Gordon Gekko enters the picture because of Jake's fiancé Winnie Carey Mulligan , Gekko's daughter, and through a potential in-law relation, both men who see so much similarities in each other, especially the older in the younger's fire in the belly, forge a trade of sorts where Gekko provides much needed inside research and knowledge to Jake in exchange for opportunities set up to reconcile with his estranged daughter. And of course, a leopard never changes its spots, and despite warnings from Winnie, we're left to expect how Gordon will actually screw them all over, if he does decide to put aside family bonds.In many instances of relationships here involving Jake and his peers on the Street such as Louis, Gordon and Bretton, there's this hark back to the Dark Side in Star Wars where each master keeps only one protégé to induct into the evil side of things, and each of these relationships are very pronounced in showing that. Of course one has to demonstrate enough rottenness and ruthlessness in order to be spotted for further grooming, and I found it mildly amusing it had to boil down to that. More interesting would be the fact that they're maneuvering in grounds that are set up for such unethical behaviour that it'll either surprise you that such moves are possible, or make you resign to the fact that it's life.Shia LaBeouf probably benefited from not being overexposed, especially with bad films, and Oliver Stone probably elicited one of his best performances here, which is subdued rather than the smart-alecky young adult he usually plays. Here he's more a deer caught in the headlights as a greenhorn yet to but eager to earn his stripes as he goes headlong against seasoned players. Unfortunately for Carey Mulligan, her Winnie role isn't all that fleshed out, being just the romantic lead opposite Shia which became real for all you tabloid followers out there and her reconciliatory difficulties with her dad. Perhaps the only bright spark in her character is that she epitomizes free press/speech in the form of a non-profit, independent website out to provide stinging exposes, which has a purpose of course in the last act, like a torchbearer for Stone to champion freedom of speech to bring down the corrupt.Josh Brolin had starred in Stone's previous film W as the ex US president, and here he becomes chief antagonist with great ambition and is behind every shady deal, that you can't help on one hand to hate this guy, while on the other admire his brilliance to exploit with confidence every loophole in the legal and financial system. Villains have seldom looked that suave in a tuxedo hiding behind arrogant smirks. Michael Douglas' Gordon Gekko seemed to have mellowed, though yet having enough scenes to spout soundbites and through the narrative, makes you wonder if he's really reformed and out to make peace, or still has that shrewd streak within him, waiting like a coiled snake ready to strike another blow in the markets. Rounding up the star studded billing is Susan Sarandon as Jake's mother, a real estate agent caught up with multiple housing mortgages and serving as the precursor to inevitable trouble.Rumoured to have had its ending edited after reactions in Cannes, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps hit plenty of right spots in delivering a relevant followup film on the financial markets of today. For a fictional film it's rather insightful in its ability to bring forth real issues and ideas to the mass market, and I enjoyed its subplot suggesting how the rich can bury innovation should those breakthroughs threaten the well being of their cash cow commodities, where short term billion dollar gains to these folks far outweigh the benefits and greater good for mankind in general. Think about how alternative fuels have always stagnated, or why the electric car had failed to take off. Highly recommended for an all round great film!
Better and More True to Life Than the Original (by jayraskin1)
This review contains major spoilers, so please do not read it until after you have seen the film. If you have not seen the film, put it on your must see list. Yes, Shia and Carey are dull as dishwater on screen, but Michael Douglas deserves a best supporting actor Oscar for his brilliant, warm, witty and charming performance. See it before reading the rest of this review.I enjoyed the movie while watching it, but felt a slight let down with the apparent Hollywood ending. I agreed with the reviewers who saw Michael Douglas' character as being too reformed and too soft. However, thinking <more>
about it more, I realize that Stone was delivering an even sharper critique of capitalism than he did in the first film.Think about what Gordon Gecko did. He pretended to be reformed and pretended to be poor. He showed humility and claimed to have learned from his prison experience. He fools everyone. Now realize that he has 100 million dollars that he stole in a Swiss Bank Account in the name of his daughter. She now hates him and blames him for her brother's drug death. The only way to get the money was to establish a relationship with his daughter again. He uses her boyfriend, Shia Labeouf, to re-establish his relationship with her. He uses both of them to get the money out of the Swiss account and he promptly steals it from them.He quickly makes a killing when the housing bubble bursts. While millions are losing their life savings in the greatest stock market crash since 1929. He turns the 100 million into a billion, a neat profit.He then invests in green energy, "the next bubble" as he calls it. It is not because he believes in it, but he believes it is the next money making thing. He invests in his daughter's leftist website because he sees how useful it has been in bringing down his Wall Street enemies.He is left at the end with more power, more control and more money than ever before. He is free and on top of the world. All of it due to the money he stole. The opposition from his idealist daughter and son-in-law is gone. They are now in his control and debt.This is a much more realistic and cynical movie than the original "Wall Street." In that movie, the Wall Street crooks end up broke, disgraced and in jail. In this movie, the Wall Street crooks end up rich, powerful and live happily ever after. Yes, Josh Brolin does not fare so well. But that is only because he is stupid and arrogant and "double dips" using his own personal account to make even more money. He betrays his Wall Street friends and mentors who have helped him. He turns them over to the police. Be smart and play by the rules of Wall Street and you end up on top, don't play by the rules, betray your Wall Street buddies to the cops, you can end up in jail.There is one image that Stone keeps going back to - bubbles rising into the sky. It is a precise and brilliant metaphor. We know that one day the bubble will burst, even if we do not see it happening on screen.Has Oliver Stone gone soft? No he has grown more cynical.
My expectations going into the film were low after reading the reviews by various posters. However, as we know these self proclaimed gurus are only spouting off their over analyzing, assumption filled, inaccurate opinions. Therefore, the film came in much greater than expectations just like earnings from a stock does pushing it way to the upside. The casting is perfect with amazing film work and editing, another master piece by Oliver Stone to put in the vault. If you want to watch a satisfying sequel, this movie certainly fits the bill.From the filming to the story line, Money Never Sleeps <more>
is a highly entertaining and thought provoking movie that I will definitely be adding to my DVD collection.
A total treat. Perhaps even better than the first one. (by alferik)
Saw it at the 38th Norwegian International Film Festival, city of Haugesund, late August 2010. It was screened twice there, both times in the largest auditorium - one which had been upgraded to state-of-the-art quality mere weeks before the festival the Edda 1 auditorium .The experience of seeing this film, even with all the expectations I had, was an utter thrill. I only give it 9 out of 10 to adjust for myself being transported to a state of exhilaration, and therefore perhaps losing some critical faculties in the process.I love the first film and it's among the three or four movies <more>
I've seen the most times. I've dabbled a bit in the financial industry myself top Norwegian fund management firm and politics, and I paid quite a bit of attention to the global financial crisis that unspooled in October 2008 and onwards. Bail outs and credit swaps etc are handled extensively in Money Never Sleeps. Ironically, the city of Haugesund was one of only 8 municipalities in Norway there are 430 municipalities in this country to be hit by failed municipal investments in Collateralized Debt Obligations CDOs - and it was the one that was the hardest hit of them all! So a bit ironic then that Money Never Sleeps was screened there first, for audiences in Norway although with around 14.000 professional guests, including several international stars, the audience was perhaps not predominantly Norwegian .The soundtrack to this film is excellent, the visual style is pure perfection and very stylish, and the throwbacks to the first film are an utter thrill if you've seen the first film recently, or several times earlier, like myself, you will notice them all, and love them .Of course, having been in politics and the financial industry, it's hard for me to tell how this movie experience will be for someone who knows little about either. But for them there's also the interpersonal drama, and a love story. At the top of that, what they learn from this film will be valuable, and a much better and valid introduction than just about anything else you'll come across.I will recommend this film to everyone. And it is so strong and so relevant, that I believe that political strategists from both sides for the US midterm elections coming up this autumn, will have to find ways of dealing with it, and pitching it to work for their side, some way or the other. Mark my words: This is one movie that *will* be referenced to during the upcoming election season - and not only in America, even.It is that relevant. As one fellow festival attendee remarked at the closing dinner of the festival though, the love story could perhaps been a bit stronger and more authentic. Judge for yourselves. Either way, it will be money well spent, and I doubt you'll regret your investment!
Money Never Sleeps...And Neither Does Gordon Gekko (by virek213)
Back in 1987, director Oliver Stone's financial drama WALL STREET turned out to be a very prescient critique of the Reagan era's legacy of greed and excess, personified in the character of corporate raider extraordinaire Gordon Gekko, played to an Oscar-winning tee by Michael Douglas. Twenty-three years later, Stone returned to the world of high-stakes finance for his first-ever honest-to-goodness sequel, WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS; and he and Douglas have resurrected Mr. Gekko. Only this time, instead of being a corporate raider, he is trying hard to be a changed man.In this <more>
case, after years in prison, Douglas is out to burn his back pages from those heady "Greed Is Good" days by writing a best-selling book that turns it into a question "Is Greed Good?" . He then meets up with an ambitious young stockbroker Shia LeBeouf who, as it turns out, not only admires him but is intent on marrying his daughter Carey Mulligan who, at the moment, isn't about to get back to her disgraced father. But Douglas sees a way back in when he learns how LeBeouf has fallen under the spell of a corporate leech Josh Brolin whose actions have led to the suicide of LeBeouf's boss Frank Langella , and who, not so ironically, was the one who put Douglas in jail. Though there's a little bit of the old Gekko in him, Douglas is more intent on getting revenge on Brolin, while at the same time attempting to save LeBeouf from going to prison, and getting back on good terms with Mulligan.Stone's commitment to character and plot, redolent in all of his best films from PLATOON through the original WALL STREET to JFK, NIXON, and WORLD TRADE CENTER, is very evident here in MONEY NEVER SLEEPS; and as he shows, the high-stakes casino that Wall Street was in the Reagan era has now grown into a high-tech monster that, in 2008, was threatening to swallow all of America whole. And while Douglas may have been softened from what Stone had shown him as in the original, there is still a lot of that craftiness left in Gekko, only this time directed at saving rather than destroying. LeBeouf and Mulligan do good turns here, as does the legendary Eli Wallach in a prominent cameo role amusingly, LeBeouf's cell phone rings with the theme from THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, the legendary 1967 Sergio Leone spaghetti western in which Wallach played a bandido .Just like the original, WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS will likely be seen as emblematic of its time--a film that saw America's hubris bite the nation and the world on its behind, but where a couple of decent people did the right thing to avoid the ultimate financial abyss.
In cinema history the characters of Fast Eddie Felson and Gordon Gekko have had a similar path. Both Paul Newman and Michael Douglas got to reprise their characters in a real time period on the screen, roughly the same quarter century for both. Gekko had the additional good fortune of having his character helmed on the screen the second time by the man that created him, Oliver Stone.Gordon Gekko certainly had a more public existence than the small time pool hustler who reached for the big time only to get flattened by powers that be. Michael Douglas won his Oscar for Gekko in the original <more>
Wall Street and he's improved and refined his character here.The Wall Street Pirate of the Reagan Era has gone to prison for his crimes and is now a best selling author, but also someone not quite sure of his next move. Douglas is a sadder and wiser man it seems, he's lost a wife and son and his daughter is estranged from him. Daughter Carey Mulligan is serious with a young stockbroker, Shia LaBoeuf oddly enough though.LaBoeuf has a mission kind of thrust upon him. In an obvious reference to Lehman Brothers, the long standing brokerage firm headed by family patriarch Frank Langella has collapsed. Langella was his mentor and LaBoeuf is thinking that this was a set up and he wants payback. Who better to help than Michael Douglas who knows the Street like no other. But as it turns out Douglas has his own history with the man who engineered the downfall Josh Brolin and Douglas has his own agenda.Douglas is right back at the top of his game in his career role and LaBoeuf and Mulligan make an attractive pair of young lovers. However I would not be surprised if Susan Sarondon does get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress as Shia's mother. She was once a hospital nurse, but she gets into the real estate game with the inflated housing market and gets in way over her head. She too has taken up the Gekko Gospel of Greed Is Good and takes a tumble for her efforts.Oliver Stone has done what some consider impossible and made a successful sequel to a classic film with Money Never Sleeps. And in real time as well.
Oliver Stone's 1987 film "Wall Street" had taken it's viewers into an exotic world. 23 years later, Oliver Stone returns with it's sequel. Apparently this is the first ever sequel Stone has directed. First movie was a huge hit as came at time when financial news was just a news for everybody and suddenly there was this movie on banking that looked like thriller. This time there's nothing exotic about it anymore. Its based on the nightly news on unemployment corporate downsizing.But, it is that rare sequel that took its time-23 years and not only it advances its story <more>
but also has something new to say. Stone and his sawy writers Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff, have crafted a tale that takes advantage of viewers' newfound knowledge and cynicism. Stone has cast his movie well with Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin and Carey Mulligan to attract younger viewers, and Michael Douglas' return as Gekko can't help being a major lure.The story settles quickly on young proprietary trader Jake Moore LaBeouf , who just happens to be in love with Winnie Gekko Mulligan , Gordon's estranged daughter. Despite Gekko's attempts to warn Wall Street of the economic downturn and stock market crash no one takes him seriously because of his early crimes. Then Gekko tries to rebuild his relationship with his daughter who always accused him for her brother's suicide. In the mean while, global economy is on the verge of disaster, Jake, a young Wall Street trader joins hands with Gekko on a two tier mission.Can you win two Oscars playing the same role? An actor rarely gets the opportunity to revive a breakthrough role in a way that allows him to rethink the character and to reflect on where fatal flaws once lay. Douglas does this brilliantly. LaBeouf is top notch. He nicely balances his character's idealism and shrewdness. Mulligan and Brolin deliver strong supporting roles with attention-grabbing characters.Stone has tried a different way of direction this time. His camera work can be either praised in a great manner or people might be turned off. Either ways, no one can ignore the class he has put in the movie. As stated earlier, camera work is glittering and glossy. Background score is scintillating.To conclude, I would just say that go for it to experience Gordon Gekko after 23 years and of course the class of Stone in a movie on finance, thrill and banking and the brilliant camera-work!My Rating: 8/10Thanks & Regards
A lesson as relevant as it is important, this sequel a fine drama through and through (by moviexclusive)
Twenty-three years ago, Oliver Stone's Wall Street 1987 came out at a time when the world was reeling from the shock of an economic crisis defined by Black Monday, the day of 19 October 1987 when the global stock market suffered the largest one-day percentage decline. Stone's movie introduced audiences to a world that was largely alien to many-, a world hidden inside the Ivory Towers of our financial institutions- and more significantly, to the people behind these institutions whom his lead character Gordon Gecko represented."Greed is good!" said Gordon, a by-now iconic <more>
line that no doubt inadvertently served as inspiration for stock traders since then. And apparently, that greed has been left unchecked for the past 23 years- where Gordon himself aptly observes- it has since become legal. Like its predecessor, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" comes at a time when the world is still reeling from the shock of an economic crisis, one that has since been dubbed the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. So despite coming more than two decades after Michael Douglas career-defining read: Academy Award performance, there's really no question whether or not this sequel is still relevant. It is, and very much so in fact, as Stone's savvy writers Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff have skilfully adapted the real-life fates of Bear Sterns and JP Morgan into Keller Zabel Investments KWI and Churchill Schwartz respectively for the film. KWI is where young hotshot Jake Moore works at- one of its lion head founders Louis Zabel Frank Langella like a father figure to him. But the crisis takes its toll on KWI and as its stock price plunges, the bank finds itself in meetings with the Federal Reserve Board, mirroring the fate of Bear Sterns right down to the paltry single-digit share price negotiated by the government for JP Morgan. Zabel succumbs to the pressure and commits suicide, leading Jake to set his sights on Schwartz's head honcho Bretton James Josh Brolin , the arrogant manipulator responsible for proposing the ludicrous buyout package to Zabel. Jake gains Bretton's trust by displaying his financial acumen, and a large part of the subsequent cat-and-mouse game depends on your understanding of certain inherently complex economic concepts like sub-prime mortgage-backed securities and credit default swaps. Through graphs on the New York skyline, split-screens and TV news clips, Stone tries his best to explain these concepts to his audience- though despite his efforts, unless you're a finance major, you're unlikely to comprehend all the intricacies. Still, you're likely to grasp more than enough to gasp at the absurdities behind the financial apocalypse- the power-players behind the banks whose greed precipitated the crisis in the first place, the brokering with the Federal Reserve for more liquidity in order to keep them afloat we're too big to fail they say and the sheer ignorance of their own level of exposure. Stone does not disguise his own leanings on the subject even appearing in a brief cameo but he knows better than to preach to his audience or get in the way of what already is compelling by virtue of its authenticity. This sequel is also richer for expanding on the representations in the earlier film. Bretton is the new Gekko, the new breed of smarmy Wall Street sharks whose unbridled greed for money thrives in shades of grey and 'moral hazards'. Gekko on the other hand has become somewhat of a mentor for Jake, the Charlie Sheen-Bud Fox equivalent in this sequel. His ambition no means diminished, Gekko is the older generation whose instincts are sharper and shrewder- his observations on the current state of the financial crisis accurate and critical. And Jake is the proverbial hotshot hoping to make his name, the finance majors who go from the classrooms of the Ivy League colleges into the offices of the big names on Wall Street. Against this backdrop, Stone weaves in a strong family story. Jake's fiancé, Winnie Carey Mulligan estranged from her father, Gekko, blames him for the death of her brother. While Jake tries to patch relations between Winnie and Gekko, he has intentions of his own seeking advice from Gekko behind Winnie's back. Each of these characters and their motivations are nicely fleshed out, and the twists and turns of their fates are food for thought of the often polarising choices between family and money and its concomitant consequences. Stone also has a great cast assembled for the film. With a grayer head of hair, Michael Douglas returns in excellent form as Gordon Gekko, bringing a fresh sensibility to his role brought on by the years of experience. Shia LaBeouf acquits himself admirably in a dramatic role that doesn't require him to get jumpy the way he usually acts see Transformers and Indiana Jones . Carey Mulligan is heartbreakingly good as the moral centre of the film. Brolin- fresh off Stone's last film W.- more than fills the shoes as the villain-equivalent Gordon here. Other veterans like Susan Sarandon as Jake's mother and Eli Wallach as Schwartz's patriarch steal the brief scenes they are in. But the greatest praise should be reserved for Oliver Stone, whose return to Wall Street finds him at his most assured and confident for many years. He directs with the proceedings with brio and verve, accompanied by an appropriately retro soundtrack by David Bryne and Brian Eno, as well as Rodrigo Prieto's luscious cinematography. Just as admirable was his patience at holding back this sequel until 23 years later, a wait that has proved astute in providing the film with a keen sense of relevance. Not only is it relevant, it is also important as a cautionary tale- even more so if one ponders the stronghold our financial institutions have over all our businesses and activities today, including the very financing of this film.
Not as incisive and critical as Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps nevertheless is a decent enough film to warrant a casual viewing. (by Eternality)
More than twenty years after Wall Street 1987 , director Oliver Stone brings Gordon Gekko back to the big screen. Michael Douglas reprises his screen-stealing role as Gekko, and is one of many talented actors who make up the strong cast, which include Carey Mulligan An Education, 2009 , Frank Langella Frost/Nixon, 2008 , Josh Brolin No Country For Old Men, 2007 , and Shia LeBeouf Transformers, 2007 . Charlie Sheen, who played Bud Fox, a lead character in Wall Street, also makes a cameo appearance.Money Never Sleeps is, in my view, a more entertaining picture than its prequel, which is <more>
occasionally quite dull although it remains to be an important film. In the sequel, Stone focuses more on the stories of the characters and less on jargonized depiction of the inner workings of the financial industry. In a way, Money Never Sleeps could be described as a conventional love story set in the backdrop of the recent global financial meltdown that left many fuming over the unethical behavior of mostly Western big-shots who handle and trade greenbacks for a living.In Wall Street, Gekko was the epitomized figure of greed, played with charismatic vigor by Douglas. Here, he takes on the role of a "wise sage", someone who has experienced the terrible consequences of greed, but despite that, shows that he is still not infallible. What is greed, really? An emotional response to the temptation caused by the "this is not enough" syndrome? Or is it a rapacious mental desire for excesses? Why does greed manifest more prominently in some people, especially and ironically in those who have it all? Using gimmicky but still relevant editing techniques like the "split-screen" effect to emphasize on the continuous and hurried interaction among stock traders and brokers, Stone succeeds to a certain extent in depicting the frenzied drama of chronic phone-calling, and "time is money" mentality that characterize these people. This is contrasted with scenes of important men in smart suits deliberating non-productively, I wish to add over the courses of action to save the nation's floundering economy.Much of Stone's film is paced leisurely, and may bore viewers who show disinterest in anything dealing with "sub-primes and what not", and are only attracted to the film because of the cast. The fine performances, especially that of Mulligan and Douglas, help pull the film through a few of the more tepid parts. Not as incisive and critical as Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps nevertheless is a decent enough film to warrant a casual viewing.SCORE: 7.5/10 www.filmnomenon.blogspot.com All rights reserved!