MONEY MONSTER (15)
MONEY MONSTER (15)
Run time: 99mins
Director: Jodie Foster
Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West,
Synopsis: Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets.
Multi-talented double Oscar winning actor and director, Jodie Foster [Little Man Tate (1991), House Of Cards (2014 Netflix), Orange is the New Black (2013-2014)] brings us this enjoyable , real-time, edge-of-the seat thriller which looks set to be the summer blockbuster.
Money Monster is a financial/hi-tech/broadcast newsroom thriller starring George Clooney as oleaginous, Lee Gates, the host of a stock market television show where he advises viewers on what stocks to buy and sell. But when a high-tech stock that he has promoted mysteriously crashes costing investors $800 million, everyone is looking for answers and the company CEO Camby (Dominic West). Lee and his producer, Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) are held hostage on live TV by Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) a janitor who has lost everything investing that stock.
The film boasts assured ensemble acting from a top notch cast, a sparkling script and a tense plot about the topical theme of the money world spinning out of control; it destroys the ordinary man who has tried to do everything right by working every day and – in Kyle’s case – looking after his sick Mum and pregnant girlfriend.
At times it is reminiscent of Sidney Lumet’s Network (1976) and James L. Brooks’ Broadcast News (1987), but Jodie Foster’s film is a fresh, intelligent addition to the genre with timely observations packed into its tense thriller structure.
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