JODIE FOSTER’S Wall Street satire, Money Monster, certainly leaves a few things to be desired. The story is at time clumsy and plodding, making it difficult to keep your disbelief totally suspended. But despite that, her fourth film as director, sparkles with Julia Roberts’ outstanding performance as TV producer Patty Fenn.
Lee Gates, played by George Clooney, is a loathsome investment guru and presenter of the financial TV show, Money Monster. Gates finds his life on the line when an irate investor, played sympathetically by Jack O’Connell, takes over the studio at gunpoint having lost everything backing an investment recommended by Gates.
During a tense standoff broadcast live to millions around the world, Gates and Fenn work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy that sits at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets.
Britain’s Dominic West plays businessman, Walt Camby, the focus of attention after his investment company mysteriously loses over $800 million overnight. West played Detective Jimmy McNulty in the HBO drama series The Wire, and won a BAFTA for Best Actor in 2012 for his portrayal of serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult.
Money Monster is a tense and entertaining thriller that, despite a cumbersome script, is expertly presented by Jodie Foster and comes alive with the chemistry between Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Chris O’Connell and Dominic West.
Is it an absolute classic? Probably not, but well worth going to see.