Saturday, 26 February 2011

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: DVD Review

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: DVD Review

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Rating: M
Released by Roadshow Entertainment

23 years since Gordon Gekko headed to prison at the end of Wall Street, he's back.

And in the meantime, the real financial world has seen major changes.

At the same time as Gekko exits jail, Shia LaBeouf's Jacob Moore is an investment banker who's looking into the death of his mentor Lewis Zabel (Frank Langella).

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 are 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 - even if it is over used.

Sadly there's too little Michael Douglas and as a result, the film feels somewhat redundant in parts.
It's clear 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 of it.
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 end.

Extras: Commentary by Oliver Stone and doco on the return of Gekko.

Rating: 5/10

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