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Film Review: Money Monster


Film Review: Money Monster

Georgina Cunningham

Directed by Jodie Foster, one of Hollywood's most respected women, Money Monster aims to give us a real time view of a hostage situation against one of the most controversial financial sectors in the world. 

During a live broadcast of a financial television program, host Lee Gates (George Clooney) and his producer Patty (Julia Roberts) must put on the show of a lifetime when they are taken hostage by an investor (Jack O'Connell) that lost everything from his Ibis Stocks, a company with a lot to hide. 

The film began with many pieces laid out in front of the audience, a series of shots that, when placed with no context, make no sense. But what Foster is able to do, and do well, is tell a story of how one large company could mysteriously lose $800 million dollars in one afternoon. 

Thrillers were huge in the 90s and early 2000s, it was the golden era for cinematic heart attacks. Sure, the screenplay lacked in tact and many of the action scenes were far fetched, but they had heart. Money Monster gave me that exact nostalgic vibe I have missed. Although highly predictable, Foster delivers an enjoyable film that doesn't leave you bored. 

It was a breath of fresh air to have two main characters with no romantic history and with actors like George Clooney and Julia Roberts, you need no romance to give off serious chemistry vibes. These two work so well together and this is yet another example of a classic pairing that will stand the test of time. 

Jack O'Connell delivers an excellent performance as the anti-hero of this film. Sure, he was ready to cause havoc on Wall Street, but the man made some very valid points. Screenwriters Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf deliver a very human and real story about the struggles of the working class and how they are affected by the rich in America without any ramifications for those responsible. 

Clooney does his best showmanship and is both frustrating and charismatic as host Lee Gates and Roberts sinks her teeth into a role beyond her recent romantic comedies, something I've been waiting quite a while for. 

This is a great one to go see on a wintery weekend folks, catch it on the big screen and support your local cinema.

Money Monster is in cinemas now