Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

In Theatres: 
Sep 24, 2010
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 7 Minutes

In preparation for his role, Shia LaBeouf worked extensively with traders and researchers on the world of finance and economy. He even invested 20,000 dollars, and ended up making more than 400,000 dollars.

The original Wall Street came out in 1987 and was well received. Now, 23 years later, we finally get to witness how the life of the infamous Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) has changed. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a economic drama involving greed, betrayal, and a lust for success. Sometimes, things never do change.

Taking place 23 years after the first film, Gordon Gekko is finally released from prison into a word that has left him in the past. His family wants nothing to do with him, especially his daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan), who blames him for her brother's suicide. His scandal has left him with many enemies in the business as well. No matter; Gekko is a fighter and he'll do whatever it takes to be back on the top again.

The film revolves around the stock market crash and financial crisis of recent years. Banks have gone under, including the once powerful Keller Zabel. Jake (Shia LaBeouf) is a budding trader at the company and is hit hard with the news which includes the death of his mentor. Now he is out for revenge against those who did this and who better to team up with than Mr. Gekko himself.

The premise sounds interesting and the trailers will pull you, in but unless you're an economist or studying to be one, the film can be quite boring. It's very economic-heavy with detailed talks about stocks and percentages and other money related terms that many of us have little to know clue about. That's if you want to get into the nitty-gritty details of the film.

Some basic themes such as greed and betrayal are easily displayed for everyone and the overall message is quite clear, but for the average viewer, many of the plot seems unnecessary and confusing. The film focuses more on the fall and rise of Gekko this time around. There are plenty of references to the first film as well, including a brief cameo by Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox. There is no doubt that this is for fans of the series.

Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin, and Shia LaBeouf put on fantastic performances. They know what they're talking about, and things can get pretty heated between the three of them. Douglas especially because you never really understand his true intentions until it's too late. Gekko really is quite the character.

One thing that was disappointing what how it all ended. Everything is wrapped up neatly into this fantasy dream world where almost everyone gets what they want and is happy. It's the perfect little ending for something like a Disney film but for one such as this, it made the whole thing unbelievable.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is definitely not for everyone and is riddled with economic terms and context. Prepare yourself for a lot of talking. Despite that, I believe you won't feel lost or confused overall as it does well to deliver a message suitable for everyone, even if that message may not be the best of advice.

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Matt Rodriguez
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