Film review

WALL STREET - MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

WALL STREET - MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

Directed by Oliver Stone
Starring Shia LaBoeuf, Michael Douglas

The return of Gordon Gekko couldn’t be better timed.

As we emerge from the worst recession since the 1920s, the idea of dusting down a character synonymous with corporate greed seems appropriate.

But, weirdly, with such resonant context, Gekko’s resurrection is disappointing. This isn’t a savage satire on corrupt business practices. No. It’s a relationship drama.

One can often admire Oliver Stone for the bloody-minded way he does the exact opposite of what you expect. Here, though, the decision to sideline Gekko to focus on a by-numbers love story between LaBoeuf’s Wall St trader and Carey Mulligan, as Gekko’s estranged activist daughter, is questionable.

There are good performances, but LeBoeuf and Mulligan aren’t strong enough leads.

Only a colossal act of bastardy from Gekko lifts this anywhere close to the original.
Michael Bonner

Opens October 6 // Cert 12A // 132 mins


Newsletter


Editor's Letter

The Fourth Uncut Playlist Of 2015


This week's big distraction has been what appears to be a crazy number of early Aphex Twin tracks accumulating on Soundcloud (I've added the link below). Among the new stuff, though, please try Bop English; the new solo project of James Petralli from White Denim.

A...