Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Oliver Stone is back on the trading floor for this camper, fluffier spin on his 1987 film. It’s a similar tale of real and surrogate fathers, of greed and charity, against the backdrop of the recent banking crises. Echoing Charlie Sheen’s Bud Fox in the original, Jacob (Shia LaBeouf) is a smart young trader at a New York bank, where he has the mentorship of an old-school boss (Frank Langella) and is on the verge of ploughing cash into an eco-business. But there’s a market crash and an aggressive takeover by rival boss, Bretton James (Josh Brolin, all cigars and motorbikes), which deliver Jacob into Bretton’s more mercenary hands. The other hitch is that Jacob’s ‘leftie’ girlfriend is Winnie Gekko (Carey Mulligan, mirroring the conscience of Martin Sheen in the original): she’s the estranged daughter of the now-legendary, disgraced and repentant Gordon (Michael Douglas), who’s out of jail but not necessarily reformed.

When Gekko walks out of prison carrying an oversized, 1980s mobile, you know this is more panto than polemic. The film’s style is so brash and its tone so comfy that it’s hard to take seriously any attempt to capture the zeitgeist and nail the culture of greed. Brolin’s banker is especially wide: he owns a Goya and you half-expect him to grow horns and cackle wildly in front of it in the shadows. LaBeouf is fine, if a bit bland, as our morally wobbly tour guide around the world of finance, and Douglas relishes resurrecting his slick villain. A series of cosy cameos removes us further from reality: Charlie Sheen pops up as Fox; Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter plays himself; and Stone rears his head twice. Mulligan has no room to shine: her character is a sourpuss and though we’re meant to like her, the film sidelines her as being too dull, preferring to indulge shots of the shimmering city. This is a pulp novelisation of the banking crisis and its pleas for relevance ring hollow.

By: Dave Calhoun


Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday October 8 2010
Duration: 136 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Oliver Stone
Cast: Michael Douglas
Shia LaBeouf
Josh Brolin
Carey Mulligan

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To please the bf I went along to this movie in Leicester Sq last night - it wasn't too busy and I feared the worst. But hey it was an enjoyable 120 mins; albeit dragged on at times with views of xeon numbers scrolling down the screen - but how else do ya make money look sexy - buy me some new shoes that's how! The shots of NY from the air are great and with the digital kit in the West End the film was crystal and energetic. The potential Gecko son in law was a limp rag and Gecko's estranged daughter is so pixie like you always expected to see her perched on a mushroom. Mike and Josh saved the movie for me; OK Mike's got a bit scraggy on the neck line but still acts like hell - whilst Josh B. looked great in biker's leathers. Then then the old JA banker Julio had a lovely line in birdsong - watch it - it's more fun than a dirty mop.


I really dont know about this. Never a fan of the first, I had low expectations, so perhaps that helped (?) Panto (T.O) is a good description, but a damn good panto it sure is....Plenty of "Boo....Hiss!" here. Douglas is superb, Le Beouf is good. watch it in the right frame of mind, you will enjoy, but to have REAL bite, (SPOILER) Gekko should have ripped off his daughter & (soon to be) son in law when the story switched to London and (perhaps) sent them the $100 (and a $10 for them selves) and cut all ties. Then we would have a ending. Instead of a mushy 15 min finale Can I just say, All the best wishes to Michael Douglas 6+/10


Did I think the original "Wall Street" was good? You bet I did. It had energy and captured the spirit of the time. But 20 years on, I wonder if a sequel needed to be made. Sure, Oliver Stone was never going to call me up and ask my advice on that one. But you'd have to have been living on another planet to have not noticed how the markets went into meltdown on this planet. And that's the problem here - the storyline's nothing special - you've heard it played out on the news countless times in recent years. Likewise, the technology of 25 years ago was exciting and new - today it's old news - who doesn't have one or more mobiles, who doesn't work with one or more computer screens? . The brief appearance of Bud Fox (Sheen) could have been more cleverly and tightly woven into this story, especially as Gordon was back looking and for revenge. It was also great to see Bud's "realator" still in business, and both these appearances got cheers from a clearly devoted audience. But perhaps these two cameo appearances could have been properly scripted in, rather than being guest appearances and being minor distractions. . About 90 minutes in, this film gets a bit dull and predictable. Two people left the cinema around this point - never a good sign. I began to wonder how the story would wind up, and wasn't too far wrong. Gordon's still a s**t, but is just developing a conscience - just. Worthy of two stars, but no more. A harsher critic would say this was a made for TV movie.


OK, here's my review. Movie is not that bad, it should be called "Wall Street: Money Brings People Together": if you don't have it you better get some, if you take it all you suck but if you share it then you're OK. It portrays Wall Street as place where honest and good people reside. Sure there are few bad apples that get hold on a big helm and make all those good people look bad but they get punished at the end and if they don't they get reminded that they'll be grandpas so they come to their senses. At times movie looks lost and not about people but numbers and then it turns to what is supposed to be heart wrenching story and people's so at the end it looks more like one of those Manhattan comedy dramas if not like a softened Woody Allen's movie. And that's where the movie's problem is: it's too small for the stuff that has been happening in Wall Street for the past few years. Maybe they should of hired David Mamet to make it more about betrayal and mistrust which comes with greed and how places like Wall Street usually are.

Justin Berkovi

Whilst the original film was an 80s celebration of excess the present day eschews the failure of the markets but we're right in this situation at present...so not much to celebrate. Unfortunately much like the subject matter Stone's film isn't all that 'good' and meanders around different plots and storylines without really delivering the oomph or drama of the first film. LeBoeuf is a good actor and has a enjoyable screen presence...he's a bit wasted here though as the film is a bit boring and doesn't really go anywhere.