George Clooney and Julia Roberts credited with carrying the plot of the movie despite being a weak effort on the part of the script writers.
The world is still reeling from the financial based drama “The Big Short” written and directed by Tom McKay which was able to glare in the eyes of all the financial world but it was probably not the time to make yet another business themed movie. Jodie Foster took the risk with a brand new project known as Money Monster.
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Money Monster which was written by Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf was a script that was taken up by Jodie Foster. According to Foster, they turned it into a screenplay soon and the project was then signed on by George Clooney. The rest of the cast includes Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Catriona Balfe and Dominic West in key roles.
While the line-up looked very promising with people anticipating the usual Clooney-Roberts chemistry and a stellar performance from O’Connell who made his stellar mark on Hollywood with Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, the movie remained unsuccessful in aspiring the Cannes Film Festival’s audience.
The movie features Clooney as an over-the-top, somewhat fake and hyper financial guru/pundit Lee Gates who hosts a financial TV show. His antics include talking in a high pitched voices, dancing and having hip hop background dancers.
The character is said to be aspired from Jim Cramer of CNBC’s “Mad Money,” Contrary to his character is producer Patty Fenn played by Julia Roberts. Both of them carry each other through while Fenn is irate of Gates’ antics on the show.
The show production is so busy that they only notice at the last minute that an interloper by the name of Kyle takes over the stage and forces Gates to wear a bomb jacket to which he holds the trigger.
Kyle is playing out all this because he invested all of his money on Gates’ suggestions about Ibis Clear Capital whose representative Diane Lester is on the network reporting on the glitch that the company faced which caused the company to lose $800 million.
Among the losers is Kyle who invested in the company and lost everything. He is asking for answers from Gates and from the Ibis Clear Company as to why he lost his money.
According to the audience, the first act builds up the movie to set up a great plot which could have turned into a great movie but the movie just tripped on its own story and started to get caught up on the plot.
The story entails that there is foul play involved and Gates has a turn of heart to find out the truth while Fenn cashes in the moment to do some real time journalism.
Diane Lester herself tries to find out the truth that her bosses seem to be hiding but all of it is done in such a haphazard way that it became monotonous at one point for the audience.
One of the best performances is the movie is probably the one given by Emily Meade as Kyle’s pregnant girlfriend, brought in by police to attempt an intervention that takes a hilarious left turn.
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The movie has failed to win over the audience and the commercial success of the movie now completely relies on whether the audience will show up to watch the movie later this month.