Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire.
As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor. Written by
Shia LaBeouf's character Jacob Moore tells Bretton James (Josh Brolin) who is a fellow lover of motorcycle riding, that if James were to ride everyday for the rest of his life, James would still never be as good as Moore. This is based on the initial meeting between Bear Stearns executives Alan C. Greenberg and Jimmy Cayne. When Cayne was introduced to Greenberg following an interview for a sales position with the firm, Greenberg asked Cayne if he was a bridge player and how well did he play. Cayne responded "Mr. Greenberg, if you study bridge the rest of your life, if you play with the best partners and you achieve your potential, you will never play bridge like I play bridge." Greenberg so admired Cayne's confidence, he hired him on the spot. See more »
When he hands the Chinese the Johnny Walker as a gift, he does not say what the subtitles indicates as "This is for you -- American Whiskey". What he says is actually translated as "I think you will like this". See more »
Payback. Except I'm not in that business anymore - because the one thing I learned in jail is that money is not the prime asset in life. Time is.
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Alright, Alright (Seaside Remix)
Written by Patrick DuVoisin, Riccardo Montanari and Davide Ruberto
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Of course i did not watch this hoping for a retread of the original. What would be the point of that? But all you are left with after watching this is two hours and thirteen minutes of further evidence for the terminal decline of Oliver Stones career.
The current banking/financial crisis forms the backdrop for Money Never Sleeps but is barely explored. The story is lumbered with relationship issues centred around Gekko's daughter which only serve to slow the film down and dissipate what little interest the movie generates.
Josh Brolin is served up as the villain but when the only victims of the villain shown on screen are fellow members of the financial services industry this hardly generates much in the way of sympathy. Stone also adds into the mix the 21st century tee shirts of political correctness and environmental issues. Yawn. As all the leading actors are horribly miscast contributing bland performances it's left to Michael Douglas to save the day. Alas an older and wiser Gekko is not what i particularly wanted to see and although he pulls off a sly trick three quarters of the way through Stone bottles it with the redemptive ending.
So in comparison, the original Wall Street was an engrossing rags to riches to rags morality play with characters you cared for including an unintentional anti hero. Money never sleeps is a corporate, empty, superficial snooze fest from a once great, but no longer, director.
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