Plot – Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes them and their crew as hostage.
Director – Jodie Foster
Released – 2016
If like me, economics remains somewhat of a mystery, this shouldn’t put you off from watching Money Monster, as the film more than manages to break down the more complicated and intricate details that can affect the monetary markets in such a way that you can’t help but learn at the same time as being entertained by a good story and three great leads in the names of Clooney, O’Connell and Roberts.
Condensed to only a 98-minute runtime, Money Monster benfits from a fast-pacing that prevents you from ever feeling bored, while not damaging the character development of both the main cast and the support, for this, I have to give props to the writers and the direction from Foster, she was even able to add a surprising amount of levity to the production though little moments dotted throughout, such as Larry’s “I don’t like elevators” line when in an elevator with a gunman, a hostage and a bomb, it’s a simple scene but raises a chuckle that takes away some of the suspense.
To be honest, my only real critique of the film is the way in which it ended and how cut shot it felt, I’m not going to go into too much without spoiling it, however, I feel there were more risks that could have been taken and more development of O’Connell’s character Kyle, that would have kept the bittersweet feeling you’re left with, whilst adding increased levels of emotion to the picture.
Other than that, I found the movie to be a surprisingly good time. It had suspense, good acting, a well-written script and a plot that interests. So I guess I can forgive the ending for not taking all the risks that were open to it.
If you liked: Man on a Ledge, The Wolf of Wallstreet, Hustlers