Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Money Monster

Despite the very serious subject matter of suspenseful thriller Money Monster, journalists will have a chuckle about the speed with which all the information suddenly falls into the hands of the media. I could only dream of some sources getting back to me in the time it seems to take in this film, even if I was taken hostage! Financial television host Lee Gates (George Clooney) and his director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) find themselves in an intense hostage situation when angry investor Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell) takes over their show after losing $60,000 as a result of Lee's advice. The trio are very impressive in their respective roles, while Dominic West and Caitriona Balfe are also very good as the team behind the company that apparently lost $800 million in one day due to a “glitch”. Jodie Foster has always interested me as a director and again in this film she makes some fascinating stylistic choices and keeps the pace steady. Money Monster may not be realistic, but it is certainly gripping.  


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