Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – Gordon never gives up.
Michael Douglas————————————–Gordon Gekko
Shia LaBeouf——————————————Jake Moore
Carey Mulligan—————————————Winnie Gekko
Josh Brolin——————————————–Bretton James
Frank Langella—————————————-Louis Zabel
Eli Wallach——————————————–Julie Steinhardt
Jason Clarke——————————————New York Fed Chief
Susan Sarandon————————————–Jake’s Mother
Directed by Oliver Stone.
Screenplay by Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff.
Characters by Oliver Stone and Stanley Weiser.
This is the sequel to the 1987 hit “Wall Street”. Oliver Stone revisits the financial world after our real life bank scandals that shook the banking world.
Jake Moore (LaBeouf) is dating Winnie Gekko (Mulligan) the daughter of Gordon Gekko (Douglas). She is estranged from her father and she blames her brothers death on her fathers’ behaviour. She wants nothing to do with him.
Gordon Gekko (Douglas) gets out of prison and the world has left him behind. This is shown poignantly when he is handed his old cellular phone which was used in the first movie on a beach. It is now a relic and we are led to believe that Gekko is as well.
He is an adaptable man and quickly writes a book on the current financial crisis. The book is well received and in a strange way so is Gekko. He is lecturing and his audience is responding well to what he is saying. Jake decides to talk to Gekko and let him know that he is going to marry his daughter.
Winnie warns Jake that her father cannot be trusted but Jake is persistent. His company was run into the ground by another shark named Bretton James (Brolin). Jake gets Bretton James attention by doing some shady stock manipulation that would be hard to prove. Bretton is not bothered he simply hires Jake and we are sent on a journey with Jake where he must try to piece his life together without losing himself. He is swimming in deep waters and he is not sure who he can trust. Winnie has a hundred million dollar trust that he knew nothing about and Jake is beyond tempted.
This is a respectable sequel and Michael Douglas once again delivers a top notch performance. LaBeouf is adequate as Jake and Brolin does a great job with Bretton James. It is fun to watch Eli Wallach still shining on the big screen at the age of 95. This movie is well done and definitely worth a watch.
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Runtime: 133 Minutes
Production Budget: $70,000,000.
CC Rating: 8 out of 10
Screenplay: I could not find the screenplay.
Directors’ Previous Movies: Wall Street, Platoon, Natural Born Killers.