Money Monster – Movie Review

By Rebekah Deponte |Staff Writer|

“Money Monster” is categorized as a thriller, however, there is not much thrill to it.

There was some suspense, humor, romance, action and shock.

As well as a lot of aspects of different genres scattered throughout the film, but there was not enough of one single thing to make it a hit.

The film was released May 13 and finished its opening weekend at No. 3 in the box office behind, “Captain America: Civil War” and “The Jungle Book” respectively.

The movie was directed by actress and veteran director Jodie Foster and featured box office heavy hitters.

George Clooney who played financial talk show, host Lee Gates and Julia Roberts a producer of the televised program Patty Fenn.

The third and most outstanding lead in terms of performance was up-and-comer actor, Jack O’Connell.

Many might recognize him from his portrayal of Olympian Louis Zamperini in the 2014 hit “Unbroken,” but O’Connell’s acting history started in his home country, England, as a mischievous teen in the television show, “Skins.”

His first two major American performances have proven him an actor to watch, in my opinion.

O’Connell played a distraught young man, Kyle Budwell, who lost $60,000 in an investment Clooney’s character had recommended.

In the movie, Budwell holds Gates’ studio hostage in an attempt to receive answers about the sudden $800 million disappearance in a company that had previously been highly recommended by Gates.

I feel that it was a good movie overall, as its number three box office rating suggests, but it just was not enough to make it to the top of a currently Disney dominated box office.

I think the plot was great; exposing the reality of people investing their money into companies without fully understanding what is happening with their money and accepting their losses instead of questioning them.

There were parts in the story line that were not as easily believable.

Here are some spoilers after this point, skip to paragraph starting “‘The cinematography seems” to avoid them.  

At one point in the movie, Gates wants to meet with the CEO of IBIS (the company that lost $800 million), which requires him and Budwell to walk through the streets of New York City while Gates is strapped into a bomb vest and Budwell is armed.

This specific scene would never happen, especially in a post-9/11 New York.

The New York Police Department would not have let an armed person walk around the city streets, with a bomb nonetheless, while citizens were still walking on the street.

Gates’ talk show also seems highly unrealistic.

The show relies largely on schtick and talks about the stock market and gives out financial recommendations to its viewers, but the really far-fetched concept about the show is how successful it apparently is.

Gates opens the show with a ridiculous skit that has nothing to do with the show and then bounces around the stage giving advice to investors.

The cinematography seems to be the second thing the movie’s $27 million budget went to, after the cast obviously.

The imagery was quite beautiful and had the basic modern day blockbuster feel to it.

Clooney and Roberts’ performance s were alright; it neither their best nor worst performances.

“Money Monster” is playing at all major movie locations.

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