Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

Director: Oliver Stone. Cast: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, Eli Wallach. 133 min. Rated PG-13. Drama.

Is there some kind of Stallone syndrome going on? Because I'm not sure what the point of making this sequel was. Oliver Stone has rehashed the same elements of the original 1987 movie, only this time producing it lower quality. Michael Douglas' Gordon Gekko is substituted by a weaker Josh Brolin, and the dizzying financial goings-on that made the original memorable are just here as an excuse to provide contrast to some cheesy teary-eyed melodrama. When Gekko finally combs back his hair and says: "Gordon Gekko is back!", we expect him to be, but he's not. What a bummer.

PS #1: What's up with Shia LaBeouf, trying to replace cinema icons? First it was Indiana Jones, now it's Gordon Gekko.

PS #2: I hope Eli Wallach never dies.

Mo says:


  1. The first half of the movie got me engaged as if it was going somewhere, but the second half was total disarray.

  2. Couldn't agree more. And what an incredible waste of talent (Mulligan? Sarandon? Brolin?). The cameo scene with Charlie Sheen was the giveaway: Stone's search for money never sleeps (no pun intended).