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September 24, 2010 > Movie Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Movie Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

By Jennifer Gau

The gentlemen are smart and sharp in their tailored Italian suits, and the ladies are frosted in gaudy diamonds. This is a peek into the lives of the cunning and sly. Directed by Oliver Stone comes the sequel of his 1987 movie "Wall Street." Gordon Gekko is released from prison to a more ruthless time. People are greedier, stakes are higher, but the Wall Street game is still the same. Gekko is a patient predator waiting to get back on top after befriending Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf). Jake is a young genius in Wall Street dating Winnie Gekko (Carey Mulligan), Gordon's daughter and one remaining family member. Winnie despises her father for going to prison, but Jake secretly admires the man. Jake eventually needs to learn the difference between love and money.

The storyline is captivating. It follows the same fast-paced nature of New York throwing in VIP access parties, and updated trading floor scenes. Stock trading is the obsession and lifestyle of the characters. Due to reflections of current economic times, it maintains some interest. The actors deliver a convincing performance. Shia LaBeouf seems too young and his face too kind to fit the role of a cutthroat Wall Street superstar, but he works hard to play with the big boys. Unlike Michael Douglas who makes Gordon Gekko everything the audience expects - mischievous with something up his sleeve. It is not hard to see why Winnie Gekko has a strained relationship with her father, which naturally affects her relationship with Jake.

Some scenes were visually odd with blurry skyscrapers and others half covered by the back of someone's blurry head. It gives the impression of bad camera angles rather than a successful technique. The music is minimal which emphasizes how the story is told through the dialogue and does not need music to set the mood. The stylish setting of the rich and wealthy creates a separation to most of the population. The characters live in ludicrous luxury in New York, yet they are still unhappy.

It is what viewers are expecting from a sequel. "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" does not disappoint a mature audience when it comes to the storyline, strategies, and jokes. Better see it before the excitement bubble bursts.

Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes
Rated: PG-13

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