Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Release Date : 24 Sep, 2010
Duration : 133 Min
Director : Oliver Stone
Genre : Drama
Awards : Nominated for Golden Globe
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Wall Street 2) is a drama movie, directed by Oliver Stone. The movie is a sequel to the 1987 movie, Wall Street.
The movie starts 23 years after the first movie, in June 2008, where Gordon Gekko has just been released from prison. After the first movie being a huge hit, fans must be eager to download Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps movie, with great enthusiasm. In addition to this, fans will also see how the Wall Street chooses to ignore Gekko’s warnings, about the anticipated economic downturn and stock market crash. Also, no one in the financial market believes him because of his conviction for financial misdeeds.
Later, when you watch Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps movie, you will see how Gekko rebuilds his relation, with his beautiful daughter, Winnie.
Oliver Stone’s original Wall Street, with its mantra of “greed is good”, was one of the seminal movies of the 1980s that made a foray into the untouched territory of financial institutions and the machinations of their whiz kids. A morality tale with a fable-like quality attached to it, Wall Street managed to portray the ambiguous moral compass of its grey protagonists, in a fairly realistic manner. What’s more, it even inspired some of the budding traders on the Wall Street to adopt the mantra that Gekko so convincingly portrayed on the screen.
Considering the popularity of the original, and the upheavals seen in the financial world over the last two decades; this sequel, it must be said, was a long time coming. And it does come, and delivers a solid sequel that may not measure up to the 1987 classic, but is still great, basking in its own glory! Michael ouglas makes a return as the insider-trader Gordon Gekko, and delivers a performance of a lifetime.
Shia LeBeouf portrays the role of a young trader, Jake; who has Gekko’s daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), and revenge on his mind. He wants revenge against Bretton James (Josh Brolin), whom he holds responsible for the death of Jake’s financial guru. Above all, there’s Gordon Gekko, who has spent a considerable time doing the rounds of courts and being holed up inside a prison cell.
Gordon is no longer the arch- villain that he once was. He has mellowed down with age, and wants to reunite with his daughter Winnie. But Winnie has still not forgotten the death of her brother, for which she holds her father responsible. Thus, Gordon reaches out to Jake in a bid to get back in touch with his daughter. As the dark clouds of a financial catastrophe loom large over the street, Gordon and Jake come together to warn others of the impending doom, and seek revenge as well.
During these days of financial uncertainty, the movie is certainly timed right. Oliver Stone’s sure-handed touch and familiarity with the subject matter, is clearly visible in the film. Some cutting-edge techniques like using of split-screen, gives the film a racy feel. The star cast has done a commendable job in portraying the complex emotions that are at play in this movie.
However, some of the audiences who may be baying for the blood of the financial fraudsters, whose deeds ruined many a dream across the world, may be disappointed with the climax. It is indeed overtly sentimental, something that may seem a bit off-putting and out of place. But, it may also mean that Stone still believes and stands by the old mantra. However derided it may be today, it is still the brick over which the foundations of America was laid.