Directed by: Oliver Stone
Written by: Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff (written by), Stanley Weiser & Oliver Stone (characters) Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan
Oliver Stone’s recent output shows a man desperate to remain topical. Unfortunately, World Trade Center is pandering melodrama. While nowhere near the disaster it could’ve been lacked adequate perspective beyond noting we all would’ve been better off if George W. Bush has just been commissioner of baseball. Now Stone is trying to capitalize on the financial collapse of 2008 by returning to his classic 1987 drama Wall Street. However, like with W., Stone is so centered on the idea of making a movie that’s socially relevant, that he misses an opportunity for insight or even controversy. Instead, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a movie that, despite strong performances, loses itself in a convoluted plot and a cheap ending. Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) is a player on Wall Street in 2007. The film never makes it clear if he’s an analyst or a broker or a trader or a banker or what but he’s a man out for revenge (which I suppose you could/should put on business cards). His mentor and boss (Frank Langella) commits suicide when the financial company belonging to Bretton James (Josh Brolin) somehow tanks the stock of Jacob’s company. Jacob is aiming to bring down James’ company…and then ends up working for James because James has the power to fund Jacob’s pet project concerning fusion power. Shoehorned into this is Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), out of prison and on a book tour. Gekko is also estranged from his daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan) who just so happens to be engaged to Jacob. Jacob wants the two to reconcile, but he also desperately wants a father figure out of Gekko.
Part of what makes the financial industry so frustrating is how complicated it is. The first Wall Street was loaded down in jargon, but it was simply...