Director: Jodie Foster. Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito. 98 min. Rated R. Crime/Thriller.
Jim Cramer-type TV show host, who handles people's financial lives as entertainment, is threatened by suicidal loser that he'll blow up the studio on live TV. In a story-line very similar to The Negotiator (hostage gradually realizes hostage-taker was wronged in the first place), Jodie Foster is onto something here, making the George Clooney TV host a disgusting but later admirable character, ready to bring Wall Street down, to expose ... a fake miner strike in South Africa? That is not the problem with Wall Street. Wish Foster had questioned the entire system, the way Spike Lee did in Inside Man.