Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: DVD Review
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
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
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
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.
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
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.
Commentary by Oliver Stone and doco on the return of Gekko.