Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
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Michael Douglas (Gordon Gekko) and Shia Labeouf team up given that Jake is engaged to Gordon's daughter Winnie. They embark on path to understand KZI's collapse and to seek revenge, plus make a few dollars along the way for Gordon. Gordon and Jake make a series of "trades" to learn that Bretton James and his firm, Churchill Schwartz, were illegally betting on everything under the Sun to destroy KZI. Oliver Stone's attention to detail is STUNNING. Words won't do justice to the perfection of the each set. You have to know Wall Street to know that on a scale of 1 to 100, he gets a 99 because no one gets a 100. Gordon's real redemption is his name, reputation and a deep love for his family. Jake simply wants to do right by the death of Lou Zabel and persecute those respondsible. Wrap those emotions around a fast paced collapse of Wall Street, and you have a beautiful movie. Vetrans of investing will be amazed, but the film has a broad reach.Read more ›
And to top it off, as a former Wall Streeter who spent endless hours on the trading floor of one of the biggest brokerage firms, I can tell you that they got the details right.
I saw the original in the theatre in 1987 and was hoping for a sequel since then. This film was originally to be released in April 2010, but was pushed back to September 2010 as it was included in the Cannes Film Festival, and the studio probably did not want the film to get lost among the summer flotsam.
That said, this film was worth the wait. If you are an aficionado of the original, you will appreciate the homage that this film pays to it. The soundtrack features David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame, featured in the original soundtrack), Gekko bumps into Bud Fox at a party, and LaBoeuf has the same real estate broker as Fox and Darian used...the lady with the annoying voice. Upon his release from prison, Gekko is also handed his brick-sized cellphone, which gives the viewer a glimpse of just how much things have changed since the original. Would have also been nice to bring back Sean Young or Terence Stamp in some capacity. Eli Wallach had a bit part which also delivered comeuppance superbly to Brolin's character.
I think that Michael Douglas must have a clause in his contracts that require his to give at least one great speech in each of his films. For this film, it was when he addressed the college class. Stone truly delivered here, and laid the blame for the crisis exactly where it belongs, which is to say with the majority of us. The reference to the bartender who owned three houses was perfect.
The film's weaknesses are few, but still significant. Specifically, Laboeuf is miscast and comes across about as threatening as a box of facial tissues. Sheen brought a power and passion for both good and bad to the original.Read more ›
Shia LaBeouf stars as Jake Moore, a somewhat more scrupulous Wall Street green energy trader at Keller Zabel. Josh Broslin is Breton James the menacing Wall Street sleazebag Investment Banker who advises the Federal Reserve on what to do about another firm Keller Zabel (owned by Frank Langella's character, Lewis Zabel) who has too many toxic loans. Breton James recommends the Fed refuse lend to Keller Zabel and driving them to bankruptcy. (A story taken right from the headlines, ala Lehman Brothers, for those with limited memories). The Lewis Zabel pleads with the Fed for help, reminds them other banks also hold toxic assets and then commits suicide jumping in front of a subway after his company stock share plummets. Hypercompetitive Breton James, we find, is illegally doing insider trading, advising the Fed while shorting the Keller Zabel stock secretly from an offshore account and then buying it up for pennies on the dollar. An ancient Eli Wallach plays a Wall Street banker old enough to remember the (last) Depression.
The plot elaborate goes on and I won't say more.Read more ›
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This move is nothing like the original, but that being said, it is worth watching or buying for cheap. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Alexander J. Everhart
Great movie, Michael Douglas was better in the second movie than in the firstPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer