Money Monster review
If there’s anything that Millennials are more focused on these days is money. It’s not necessarily the goal for all of us to be wealthy, but after the financial downturn and recession that started in 2007, young people are really concerned with getting by. I myself don’t want to see the country make the same mistakes that it did that led us into the Great Recession. My father, who has a college education in finance, has coached me for years to always pay my bills on time and to maintain some kind of budget. While nothing’s perfect, I do feel like that there is a wise way to maintain a living.
If personal wealth isn’t enough, Millennials have also sought to try and steer the economy away from the big corporations. Websites like Redbubble.com and Etsy.com have paved the way for independent businesses, and putting some fear into the big box stores that would have carried these items years ago. The only ones that are still in the past are a couple of the big financial companies like Trump, HBSC, and CITGO. They have used loopholes and crocked methods to stay open. One company gets challenged by a gunman in Money Monster.
Lee Gates (played by George Clooney) is a cable TV personality who hosts an entertaining financial whiz show called Money Monster, a parody of the real life Mad Money. His frequent changes to the scripts and arrogant attitude have been something of an annoyance to show director Patty Fenn (played by Julia Roberts). The show that day focuses on a company called IBIS and a recent glitch that caused a loss of $800 million of investor money. This proved to be too much for a deliveryman who managed to sneak into the studio and appear on live TV with a gun.
This gunman is a working class laborer Kyle Budwell (played by Jack O’Connell) who holds Lee Gates responsible for making him lose sixty thousand when told that IBIS would be a solid investment. With no choice, Money Monster continues to air live as Gates is forced to wear a vest with a bomb on it. Budwell forces Lee to try and find out what happened with the supposed “glitch”. As Fenn and Lee dig deeper, they start to see some suspicious activity with IBIS’s CEO Walt Camby starting with an undocumented trip to Africa. Time is ticking as a bomb could be going off and Lee reconsiders what he said before.
Money Monster is a movie that really tries to get us to think about what’s been going on with Wall Street. While it’s a good ambition, it had to come out after films like The Big Short, which felt more unapologetic, along with 99 Homes. Even then, the Wall Street talk is fine, but it’s not as “game changing” as some of them.
Is there a point to Money Monster? Yes, as the overall movie still makes for a gripping thriller.
As the time passes, you really get to know our three people Budwell, Fenn, and Lee. They’re all well casted by their actors. In fact, had the movie taken place within their point of view, I would have even claimed it as one of my favorites. That’s because whenever it goes outside the studio, what we get is standard villains and characters that are not as interesting. Director Jodie Foster at least knows how to create intriguing main characters, as the movie makes it clear that our gunman is not that bright. But when you hear his story, you really start to throw your own anger on this company that screwed him.
I’ll give this four TV show buzzers out of five. Money Monster still makes for a suspenseful thriller even if it’s attempts to attack Wall Street aren’t as strong as it wants to be. I’d say to give Money Monster a chance, and try to find something out of it to enjoy.