After watching Wall Street two nights ago, I decided to follow up with the recently released and long awaited sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
The film tells the story of Jake Moore played by Shia LeBeouf an extremely knowledgable young stock broker whose mentor Louis Zabel’s (Frank Langella) investment bank is rapidly going under. In order to stay afloat, he agrees to sell the bank at a cut price to a merciless executive called Bretton James who is played by Josh Brolin. Jake isn’t too happy with the outcome of this deal and makes it his mission to take down Bretton in any way he can and after seeing a seminar given by Wall Street legend Gordon Gekko (who has just been released from jail after 8 years), decides to try and team up with him to get one over on Bretton. The trade off of is that Gekko gets to see more of his daughter Winnie, played by Carey Mulligan.
I was looking forward to this movie but I’m going to be pretty critical here, it really didn’t live up to any expectations that I had. Despite having a cracking set of actors on the payroll, director Oliver Stone just couldn’t match the success of his 80s classic and indeed the box offices across the world agreed with the estimated budget of £70M not being recouped.
The story was very stunted and seemed to jump a lot from one place to the next with little or no continuity. Shia LeBoeuf seemed to mumble his way through his lines from start to finish, so much so that I had to turn the volume up on my TV and back down again when the music came back on. Michael Douglas‘ performance is once again excellent, but with a poor script and shaky plot, its not even in the same ball park as the original which of course, he won an Oscar for.
There are some nice cameo appearances in the movie and fans of the original will remember Charlie Sheen as one of the main characters. He makes a small showing as Bud Fox, but there is just no chemistry at all in the scene and much more could have been made of it. For the most part in the scene, it was Charlie Sheen being… well… Charlie Sheen.
All in all, I would give this a very generous 5/10 and say that if you haven’t seen the original, don’t bother with this one. However if you are the completest, then give it a watch but just don’t expect Mr. Stone to set your world on fire with it. The trailer promises an interesting tale, but what you get is a bit of a non story about time rather than what it should have been about; money. Check out the trailer: