Wall Street Money Never Sleeps: Movie Review
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Cast: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Susan
Sarandon, James Brolin, Frank Langella
Director: Oliver Stone
It's 23 years since Gordon Gekko headed to prison at the end of Wall Street -
and since then, the real financial world has seen major changes.
The sequel to Wall Street begins with Gekko heading out of prison, collecting
his belongings (including that trademark chunky mobile phone) and trying to
rediscover his place in the world.
At the same time, Shia LaBeouf's Jacob Moore, an investment banker whose
dream is in the energy sector and who's part of successful bank Keller Zabel,
run by his mentor Lewis Zabel (Langella).
Moore's also dating Gekko's estranged daughter Winnie (Mulligan) - after
watching Gekko speak, Moore turns to Gekko for advice.
However, when things financially hit the skids as the global recession begins
to bite, Zabel commits suicide and Moore begins to suspect Josh Brolin's Bretton
James may have been involved - and he vows revenge.
And Gekko sees - and seizes - the opportunity to exert his power...
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a curious film - there's splashes of the
usual Oliver Stone extravagance on the directing front but there's also flashes
of genius too. One particular trick sees Stone outlining the skylines of New
York and London with the share market ups and downs; it's a clever visual touch
which stands out.
Also standing out is Michael Douglas who once again burns everyone else off
the screen as Gekko - his manipulating, scheming presence may have slightly
softened this time round but with that steely twinkle in his eye, Douglas
manages to imbue the post recession Gekko with a harshness which is welcome.
Shia LaBeouf gives his character a punky and slightly cocky feel but he
manages to keep up with Douglas; it's good to see him maturing as an actor
rather than simply fighting robots all the time.
Sadly Carey Mulligan's Winnie is perhaps the weak link in all of this - she
spends a lot of time moping and looking forlorn as Gekko's daughter - it's a
shame as the character feels underwritten and underused.
That said Oliver Stone's woven an intelligent film together which
takes an insider look at the financial wheelings and dealings which brought the
world to the brink - it shows that a financial expert's had a hand on the
script. The problem is that it goes a little too far into financial speak and
despite the drama's being there, it's as if Stone's unveiling yet another
conspiracy (though this time it's factual) and the film suffers a little because
But it's the treatment of Gekko which is the most disappointing - the
character changes so much in the final reel that you almost feel cheated at the
Oh and yes there is a cameo from someone in the original film too - a nice
touch which will appeal to fans.