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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Sunday, 26 September 2010 20:15
Wall Street: Money Never SleepsWall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a movie that could really only have been made now. Twenty-three years after the original film, after a couple of financially turbulent decades of war, environmental crisis, mortgage messes and a major stock market crash, there is more than enough to talk about. This sequel is clearly a well-timed commentary on just how money makes the world go round.

The original Wall Street was made in 1987 and starred Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko, the ruthless stockbroker who preached the virtues of greed. Now we get to catch up with greedy Gordon after his release from prison – he got nailed for insider trading after the last film.

The men of Wall StreetHis estranged daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan), is about to marry an idealistic young trader who sometimes reminds her a little too much of dear old dad – although she hopes Jake’s (Shia LaBeouf) moral fiber will keep him honest.

Michael Douglas does wonders with this character though, and the movie is worth watching for his billion-dollar attitude. This guy has confidence and plays life by his own rules. Shia LeBeouf does a fine job of walking the line between concerned lover and ambitious prodigy.

LeBeouf and MulliganMoney Never Sleeps has a lot to say about the world we live in, and it gets the point across through an engaging story. All the same, I didn’t feel that it had the teeth of the original, which was pretty merciless to all the characters by the end. Here, the emotional drama between Winnie, Jake and her father softens things up and I found the story mostly quite predictable.

INFOKERNALS:

Directed by Oliver Stone, Starring Michael Douglas, Shia LeBeouf.

Charlie Sheen reprises his role as Bud Fox in a cameo.

Carey Mulligan and Shia LeBeouf began dating while working together on this film.