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Star-power galore, good dialog, excellent acting, draws you in to the drama but all-in-all the story is kind of small, hard to believe and doesn't really take us anywhere. We get the movie's view-point that Wall Street is corrupt, cops are inept and pretty cold-blooded, blue-collar guys are stupid (but good-hearted), camera guys are brave, producers are far smarter than their "talent", and the "talent" is pretty vapid. But we go along to solve the mystery only to find that there are no good answers, solutions, or any kind of closure, really, about any of it. It's a far more enjoyable Clooney vehicle than "Up in the Air" or "The American", but basically kind of in that genre. Maybe it's the new existentialism. Julia Roberts is compelling and the two of them make the movie worth a light evening. Bring wine and suspend all critical analysis - this is fun to watch once. Not worth buying for your collection.
So you see a movie starring George Clooney – wow! He was in Ocean’s Eleven, Gravity, Spy Kids and that hospital show… You also see the famous redhead, Julia Roberts, also in Ocean’s Eleven, Pretty Woman, Steel Magnolias and that movie where she wears white and runs away.. So you think, Hmmm… Money Monster looks fantastic because, hey Jodie Foster directed it and she was great in Silence of the Lambs, and, well you get the point. Money Monster failed to place me in a suspenseful grip. I did not feel for the characters at all; as in I didn’t feel sorry for anyone nor did I want anyone to be punished for whatever bad thing they may have done. I liken this to a Teflon skillet where you put all the fantastic ingredients in it and then it just slips out with no impression left in the skillet. I suppose if you were looking for something to have on as background noise, you could select this. That way, you don’t actually have to watch it, while you’re folding laundry, washing dishes, doing your nails, FaceBook stalking, cooking, eating, sleeping… but you can still say you watched it. If you want something genuinely suspenseful and profound, watch the HBO series Newsroom instead.
I'm no longer a George Clooney fan ... as he's gotten older he seems so phony, but then, he's an actor! Ha Ha! I have to keep reminding myself. Not that I have anything against actors, but it's good to remember they're good at fooling people. Anyway, I do like Julia Roberts quite a bit, and Jodi Foster has directed some good movies, so I thought, what can I lose? Turns out, it's good! It's a good take on Wall Street/Establishment vs. the normal person/people and how, basically, Wall Street is rigged to enrich those who are already loaded -- and it's sympathetic to ordinary people somewhat. Certainly it's sympathetic to the character who has lost everything because of the media and Wall Street. I don't know the actor's name who played that character, but he is really good. Julia R. is such a good actress. The movie is suspenseful, exciting, has an edge and I'm glad I watched it.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2016
I'm a bit disappointed with this movie. George Clooney and Julia Roberts are very competent but the movie's plot was too small and simplistic for an hour and half. If you are a fan of the actors it's worth your time to see it otherwise skip this movie. I wish they would have focus more on the financial show in the movie and the impact of it on its audience. Anyhow, if you want to see a much better movie with a similar plot look for "Dog Day Afternoon" and oldie but a goody. It makes for a better Saturday afternoon movie.
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2016
Very interesting story, but could have gone a little further to let people know things like this happen every day in the stock market and this may be a fictional incident, but not a fictional story. The level of corruption in the management of these corporations is how business is conducted. For instance Cov...., publicly traded energy amazing profits, intentionally mismanaged and reported fraudulently by the executives so they could bankrupt restructure and privatize robbing all the investors and employees. Them they go public again, but do they replace the stock they stole from the employees and investors, hell no. Do they even get investigated? Hell no. Now they are setting up to do it again and the SEC could care less, that's business.
This movie was incredible, as it includes a little bit of everything. It's funny, dramatic, and a suspense thriller in many ways. In addition to the way in which it was produced and directed, the story line tackles a very serious and realistic topic. The fact that major venture capitalist firms lose millions of dollars daily (not to mention the Pentagon and other governmental agencies) and yet are never held accountable speaks to the need for a film such as this. There's hardly a dull moment in this film, and it really underscores the power of working together for a common cause. I highly recommend watching this film, as it is the type of film you can watch multiple times and enjoy each and every time.
George Clooney and Julia Roberts are already established, really good actors. We all know that. I've been keeping my eye on Jack O'Connell from seeing his performance in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken film where he plays the lead, and I gotta say, he was phenomenal in Money Monster. I actually throughly enjoyed this film even though we all basically knew what was going to happen by the trailer alone. Nevertheless, it was thrilling and captivating. Would recommend to friends to rent but I don't know about purchasing. I can see myself watching this maybe 2 times or three max even though this is a good movie but it isn't one of those I would choose to own personally.
Unfolding in real time Money Monster is an entertaining combination of thriller, satire and drama. Directed by Jodie Foster and starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, a live broadcast of a popular razzmatazz stock market investment show quickly develops into a hostage situation when a disgruntled investor invades the set intent on making a killing, but not in the financial sense. Having lost his life savings Jack O’Connell’s deliveryman wants to know the reason behind the failure of a supposedly ‘dead cert’ investment pimped by Clooney’s smugly garrulous shock-jock presenter. There are definitely echoes of Sidney Lumet’s brilliant Network and Dog Day Afternoon here, and although not approaching the high quality of those movies still effectively conveys an insightful commentary on the ethics of Wall Street within a tension-filled narrative. The movie is not without humour and the interaction between Clooney and Roberts is reminiscent of that between William Hurt and Holly Hunter in the underrated 1980s comedy-drama Broadcast News. Solidly written and well-acted this is a thoroughly accessible and thoughtful exploration (albeit not too deep) of the world of stocks and shares.
I went into this knowing only what I’d picked up from the trailer, and I left feeling very entertained and quite moved. With the talented efforts of those behind and in front of the camera, this thriller isn’t over-long or over-complex or full of economical trading mumbo-jumbo that forces you to feel stupid for half of the story. It’s to the point, well made and well-acted.
Jodie Foster, here directing, takes cues from her role in ‘Inside Man’, gives us a similar styled thriller that isn’t rushed or overly dramatic, but more character focused and lets you unravel the mystery with our leads. George Clooney and Jack O’Connell are our main pairing for most of the film, battling each other with words, heightened emotion and, at times, violent outbursts. Julia Roberts, in one of her best and most grounded roles for some time, supports them and us with her calm overseeing of the situation from behind her director’s booth as the drama unfolds live on air both in the studio and on the streets of New York.
Clooney is confident and self-assured, but starts to see the failings in his own life and how he fails to see the real people who trust his word as gospel. O'Connell is desperate, dangerous and fragile, acting out of what many people can relate too - seeking answers. Both are from different ends of the economic ladder, but come to meet half-way and are no different from each other as humans towards the end.
While this doesn’t re-invent the wheel for the narrative or character motives (to be honest, what the hell does nowadays), it delivers fresh ideas into the mix like the broadcasting on live TV and the cutting between the action in the studio and the external investigation outside of it which allows both to come together for the finale and chance to experience Dominic West’s ever dependable sly and manipulative anti-villain.
I personally was hooked from the start, investing in the set-up and our characters and following them through to the end. The settings are confined, but never claustrophobic. We can see the action play out without feeling alienated from the growing tension between Gates and Budwell, and also with Fenn and her production team. Each character takes a journey when faced with staring death in the face, and by the end your perceptions on them all will be changed from the initial set-up.
I spent a good portion of the second half picking my nails and holding my holds tight in anticipation of what was going to happen next and how. I didn’t want to be floored with plot twists and turns, I just wanted to be entertained and believe in what I was seeing, and I was, which made it more entertaining than I expected without boring me or losing momentum. It is a relevant film and one I can imagine being very factual over fiction due to the current economic climate and murky world of corrupt traders, investors and businesses.
It’s not over-long and not boring. It has a solid team of experienced cast and crew which you know will deliver something engaging. It’s well shot, cleverly presented and full of tense moments and fine performances. It’s well worth your time and money to invest in.
Quite gripping and an original story, very much of a current theme. Clooney was okay but Julia Roberts was very good - should really do more stuff these days. Will keep your interest right up to the slightly predictable end.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2017
This is great fun !! Clooney is brilliant. The irony is that this is probably chillingly close to the truth - of our money-mad world and the insatiable greed of the customers and sellers of financial services. Great to watch, really entertaining and great social satire too. How often do we get that combination !!
Clooney is not my favourite actor so I was not expecting too much but in fact it turned out to be very interesting. The relationship between Clooney and the 'baddie' was well written and Julia Roberts turned in a good performance. The ending was sad but then life isn't a box of chocolates.