Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) PG13 - 3 Stars

I think if you have a good understanding of wall street stocks, trades and Wall Street, you might enjoy this movie more than I did. It requires paying close attention to everything unfolding or you may become confused. Michael Douglas gives a solid performance as a once big time trader, just released from prison. I can't give too many details away about what happens or it will be really boring for you.

It's 2001 and Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), has been released from prison after spending the eight years for money laundering, racketeering and a list of other sins. This once great Wall Street giant, used to expecting a car to pick him up, finds himself alone at the gate. Gekko quietly slips away and out of the public eye. Seven years later, he released a book; Is Greed Good? His daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan), and her boyfriend Jacob 'Jake' Moore (Shia Lebouf), see Gekko on the T.V. as he's being interviewed. Angerly, Winnie throws the remote as she never wishes to speak to her father again.

Jake is one of his firms top brokers at Keller Zabel Investments. He's been working on alternative sources of energy, including a fusion technique for the future. His company is in trouble and when Lewis Zabel (Frank Langella), can't arrange a bailout because of crossing former businessman Bretton James (Josh Brolin), of Churchill Schwartz, he gives Jake a 1.5 million dollar bonus and tells him he should marry Winnie. The next morning Zabel jumps in front of his morning train. Jake buys a ring and proposes to Winnie.

Since Winnie won't talk about her father, Jake attends a lecture Gekko's giving and approaches him about marrying his daughter. The two share a train ride where Gekko shows Jake a photo of Winnie as a child. He tells Jake the trouble at his company started when rumors were spread and if Jake will give him a recent photo of Winnie, he in turn will find the secrets of who profited by Keller Zabel collapse thus helping Jake turn the tables. Jake will soon learn Gekko is in full use of his finest manipulation skills.

Charlie Sheen makes an appearance as Bud Fox a multimillionaire from Blue Star Airlines.

20th Century Fox
Director: Oliver Stone
Writers: Stephen Schiff, Allan Loeb
Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Eric Kopeloff
I viewed 1/11

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