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
In his study as he is talking to Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) in his office, over Bretton James' (Josh Brolin) shoulder is a picture of James standing with President George W. Bush, whom Brolin had previously played in W. (2008). See more »
In a scene where Gordon Gekko and Jake Moore are riding in a cab, it shows the cab driving for quite a long time before showing the meter, which only reads $2.90. Given that New York cab meters start at $2.50 and would increase to $2.90 after only 1/5 of a mile, it is apparent that the meter was either not really running or shot at a different time in the cab ride than was shown in the movie. See more »
Rarely is such a great film like Wall Street followed up with such a craptastic squeal. I'm not real sure what Oliver Stone was thinking, other than he wanted to make some dough at the expense of the public, not unlike the majority of the characters in the film. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps does everything it can to paint Wall Street as a collection of evil, soulless tyrants that were solely responsible for the recent economic downturn.
The biggest problem with the film, and there are a lot of problems mind you, is that there are no less than four distinct story lines that are inelegantly and, at times, ham-fistedly mashed together to form a disjointed central narrative. One story follows Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglass), the central (and most interesting) character from the previous Wall Street, as he gets out of prison and tries to put his life back together. A second story follows the young hotshot Jake Moore (Shia LeBeouf) and his mentor Louis Zabel (Frank Langella) through the financial meltdown. The third story is that of Winnie Gecko (Carey Mulligan) and her fiancée Jake Moore and their personal life and how Gordon Gecko's release from prison affects it. A fourth story follows Jake Moore as he begins working for his mentor's longtime rival Bretton James (Josh Brolin) in the cutthroat world of alternative energy acquisition and development. These plot lines are so ineptly woven together that it is possible to make four completely independent short films out of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Additionally, because of this plot diffusion, none of the story lines have any kind of emotional appeal or resonance with the audience, there just isn't enough there to latch on to. The movie also reaches a logical climax and ending almost 30 minutes before the film's actual end, and then reaches another, then another, eventually leading the audience to wish for an actual end to the film and completely destroying any sense of satisfaction or closure that might have been achieved by tying off the film sooner.
The story is fractured, the message trite and unimaginative, the camera-work is at times questionable, and Gordon Gecko is a mere shadow of the Academy Award winning character from the original. Sometimes it is best to sit on one's laurels and not attempt to relive the glory days of yesteryear. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps should never have been made and will hopefully be quickly forgotten.
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