The U.S. has had a long history regards to its economy. With the occasional crashes with the stock market, it’s still running smoothly (as far as I’m concerned). Movies about Wall Street and our economy have always fascinated me–The Big Short, The Wolf of Wall Street, to name a few. Jodie Foster’s Money Monster sounds, more or less, like your standard financial thriller.
Lee Gates (George Clooney) is the biggest television personality of all of Wall Street. He is the host of CNBC’s Money Monster, which advises the public on how to use their stocks and which ones to buy. The show is suddenly interrupted by investor Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell, Unbroken) walking on the set holding two boxes; one of them has a bomb vest inside. While putting Gates hostage in front of millions of viewers, he later learns that Kyle lost $800 million in stock. He, along with director Patty (Julia Roberts), must learn more about the situation while wearing the vest and on the verge of being blown into bits.
With the events take place in real time, Foster has made a surprisingly solid film about our economy. Clooney, Roberts and O’Connell are at their finest hours here while the tensions are rising high. While there are funny moments scattered throughout, the humor can lose its touch. And the subplots outside the hostage situation feel redundant. With little to no surprises, Money Monster is solid matinee entertainment.