Reviews and Problems with Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps
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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
17 October 2013
Excerpt: With the Great Collapse of 2008 and the ongoing recession it was only a matter of time before Hollywood turned its great eye for complexity, character and subtlety onto the Wall Street shenanigans of the last decade.
Excerpt: "Following a lengthy prison term, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) finds himself on the outside looking in at a world he once commanded. Hoping to repair his relationship with his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), Gekko forges an alliance with her fiance, Jake (Shia LaBeouf). But Winnie and Jake learn the hard way that Gekko is still a master manipulator who will stop at nothing to reclaim his rightful place at the top of Wall Street.
Conclusion: Again, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps will not be for everyone, but if you were a fan of the first film then you owe it to yourself to experience the sequel on Blu-ray for yourself. It’s on my top list of 2010, and there are several moments of brilliance in the film. Check it out.
Summary: Sub-prime sequel? A decent entertainment return on your investment? A creatively bankrupt film in need of a cinematic bailout? The potential for review-summarizing puns here is nearly endless, but let's get right down to business. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is not the savage satirical indictment of the U.S.
Conclusion: While Oliver Stone's direction has almost gone off the rails with all the superfluous stuff he adds in here and there, 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' is still an entertaining and frustrating portrayal of Wall Street and the money-grubbing bankers and traders that run it. Stone does a great job portraying what the pursuit of money does to an individual's relationships, even if he does end up in "sappy ending" territory.
Excerpt: If there was ever a time to resurrect Wall Street , or at least turn it into something resembling a franchise,that’s now. The market is a mess, the public is fuming, and you have to hate Gordon Gekko’s (Michael Douglas) nonchalant, calm demeanor between it all. He’s despicable and untrustworthy, more relevant a character now than he probably ever was.
Excerpt: The Movie It's 2008 and the housing market is about to collapse. The notorious investor Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas, reprising his Oscar-winning role) is seven years out of the federal pen for his past misdeeds, his estranged daughter living with an idealistic young investment banker.
Excerpt: In Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Gordon Gekko calls time “the most valuable commodity I know.” It’s the time that’s passed since last we saw Gekko which most seems to be on the mind of director Oliver Stone. Back in 1987 Gekko told us greed was good and when he said it, we weren’t supposed to adopt it as an ethos, but rather heed it as a warning of what we’d become if we didn’t turn things around. No one listened. The wheels of greed kept spinning and the bubble burst.
Excerpt: Oliver Stone’s Wall Street felt like a film willed into being by its times. A capstone to the anything-goes economy of the Reagan ’80s, it arrived on the heels of a 1987 stock-market crash and amid a flurry of stories of illegal behavior inspired by the notion that, as Michael Douglas’ über-trader Gordon Gekko so memorably put it, “greed is good.