Money Monster

Money Monster

Jodie Foster (2016)

94min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Hollywood's latest drama to take a dim, post-crash view of the financial sector is named after a fictional cable-TV stock-and-shares show hosted by a bullish, rapping George Clooney (seemingly modelled on Jim Cramer of CNBC's shouty Mad Money). The airwaves are taken hostage by Jack O'Connell's gun-wielding ordinary Joe who has lost his life savings after a "sure thing" tip, leaving cool-headed producer Julia Roberts to balance a very real threat with the lure of a spike in ratings. Promising a blend of Network, Dog Day Afternoon and The Wolf of Wall Street (our wolf being Dominic West's slimy CEO whose company left O'Connell with nothing), instead this uneven slab of social entertainment wobbles tonally between satire and thriller, hoping that Clooney can effect a redemptive "journey" in real time. If it held its nerve, Money Monster could have been a focused rerun of Phone Booth. Instead, despite a surfeit of talent, including director Jodie Foster, it collapses under its own weight. O'Connell comes out the best, despite being hamstrung by expletive-driven dialogue, but the whole, slick conceit fails to sell itself.

Summary

A TV host and his producer are taken captive by a man who lost everything after following their financial advice, with the resulting hostage crisis broadcast live on TV to the nation. However, the longer the more they get to know about their captor, the more they suspect he has been the victim of an elaborate conspiracy. Crime thriller, directed by Jodie Foster and starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Cast & Crew

Lee Gates George Clooney
Patty Fenn Julia Roberts
Diane Lester Caitriona Balfe
Kyle Budwell Jack O'Connell (2)
Walt Camby Dominic West
Captain Marcus Powell Giancarlo Esposito
Lt Nelson Chris Bauer
Avery Goodloe Dennis Boutsikaris
Ron Sprecher Christopher Denham
Lenny Lenny Venito
Director Jodie Foster
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 May 2016
Drama