Money Monster

2016 At the movies September 2016 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the September 2016 Edition

Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell

Director: Jodie Foster

“Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer, Patty, are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.”

Not only does the irate investor (Kyle) take over the studio; he does so live, on camera, with a gun and explosives. A decision is made to keep the live feed running. This should make for a perfect drama. The angry Kyle is after the flamboyant host of ‘Money Ball’ whom he accuses of giving out bad investment advice and causing him (and other show followers) to lose all of his savings.

The movie has all of the elements of a good crime thriller, yet it doesn’t quite carry off the tension and reality that might have audiences on the edges of their seats. There is a predictable formula to the story and that takes away from the suspense that is needed. It’s still entertaining and a decent ‘watch’ but I couldn’t help but feel that it was typical ‘summer stock’ aimed at box office draws with the high caliber actor names and the currently-popular ‘financial markets’ theme.

IMDB has rated this movie as 6.7/10 based on 25,435 viewers.

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