Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Oliver Stone (2010)

127min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Oliver Stone's 1987 film Wall Street was a devastating critique of the go-go 1980s and at its dark heart was Gordon Gekko, played to Oscar-winning effect by Michael Douglas. In this companion piece (not a sequel, more an epilogue, Stone insists), Gekko has served his jail time for illegal wheeler-dealing and is apparently a changed and penitent man. He sets about promoting his writing career and attempting a reconciliation with his daughter (Carey Mulligan), who is dating a young swashbuckling trader (Shia LaBeouf). But has he really changed? Stone directs with his usual propulsive efficiency, provides a moderately gripping storyline with a ripped-from-the-headlines feel and draws effective performances from his cast, particularly LaBeouf and Mulligan. But the strength of the original was mostly in Gekko and his ruthless personification of 80s greed. And though Douglas does his best, a more conflicted, ambivalent Gekko just isn't as much fun.

Summary

Ruthless stockbroker Gordon Gekko is released from prison after eight years, reinventing himself as an author and lecturer warning against the dangers of the financial system. Gekko helps a young banker get revenge on the company that drove his mentor to suicide, but as always, has a crooked agenda of his own. Oliver Stone's sequel to his 1980s drama, with Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan.

Cast & Crew

Gordon Gekko Michael Douglas
Jake Moore Shia LaBeouf
Winnie Gekko Carey Mulligan
Bretton James Josh Brolin
Jules Steinhardt Eli Wallach
Jake's mother Susan Sarandon
Louis Zabel Frank Langella
Dr Masters Austin Pendleton
Director Oliver Stone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Oct 2010
Drama