Money Monster


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Julia Roberts as Patty Fenn
George Clooney as Lee Gates
Jack O'Connell as Kyle Budwell
Dominic West as Walt Camby
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tjberchou 2 / 10



I simply cannot believe the positive reviews on this movie. It was in a word....terrible. The theme was important-that the (financial) system is "rigged" and perhaps that was what attracted a big name like George Clooney to it. I think the only redeeming quality of the movie was George Clooneys acting, which he seems to do so effortlessly.

But the execution of this movie was laughable. There are simply too many ridiculous and non believable actions by humans in this movie to list here, and I've forgotten more ridiculous things than I have remembered. But, it ruined the movie.

First, the obvious one that has been mentioned before. There is simply NO WAY a producer would decide to keep a hostage taker live on the air like the way she did. The hostage taker was obviously an idiot with no understanding of the technicalities of a TV show production, and would have not known whether he was live on the air or not. The movie lost most of its credibility within a very short time after it began because of this.

A few things other things that I do remember were especially comical. The movie seemed to be written by someone who has ZERO understanding of the financial markets/investment industry. That would be OK, except that the whole movie was focused on this industry. The fact that the writers/director didn't care to do their homework is representative of the laziness and lack of detail that you see over and over again in this film. For instance, the term "algo" was used countless times with seemingly no understanding of what an algo does or its potential ability to move a stock price for an extended period of time (and none of the people who were supposedly in the investment industry seemed to know in the movie either).

So many math problems too! The hostage taker in the movie supposedly bought the stock of IBIS Pharma at $75/share (mentioned by Clooney), and the companys stock price during the hostage taking (after an "algo attack") dropped it $8/share where is was during the film. Clooney mentioned that the hostage taker lost 60% on the stock, but this would have been an almost 90% drop. The hostage taker said he "lost $60K" with the stock drop, and at a later time the detectives learned that the hostage taker had gotten $60K exactly from his mother which he put all in this stock. Well, he would have then lost 60% or 90% of the $60K right? And he only would have lost that money if he had actually sold the stock, but based on what happened in the movie (when Clooney was trying to get the public to buy the stock to make him whole again) he was still holding the stock. Also, Clooney said he wanted to "triple" the stock to make the hostage taker whole but really that would have only gotten the stock back into the $20's, far from where he he bought the stock at $75K. The lack of attention to detail drove this viewer crazy!

There was a mention in the movie that the company in the middle of the whole controversy "had all of its pensions depleted", as if the stock price of this specific company had any affect on the value of its pensions (which would be diversified in any corporation into bonds/stocks, etc, NOT invested solely in its own company stock!). Furthermore it seemed to be the case that IBIS's OWN algo was responsible was its stock price dipping 90%, as if IBIS would be in the business of controlling its own stock with an algo, which is highly illegal (and impossible for an extended period of time). No one in the industry seemed to think this was an usual thing. Later in the movie there was some Asian genius that appeared for a minute that seemed to know all about the algo, and made some seemingly profound statement like "its just math" and said there was no way an algo could be completely responsible for dropping a stock price 90% for an extended period of time. He said this as if 100% of the people in the investment industry would not have known this already.

You also had a hostage taker walking the streets of NY with a gun and a bomb and a hostage, and the NYPD seemed to think it was OK to allow pedestrians withing spitting distance from the man, and when the man opened fire on the crowd, the police said "dont shoot" (at the hostage taker)? Are you kidding me?

It was an F.

Reviewed by Gino Cox 6 / 10

Begins brilliantly, but loses steam

"Money Monster" begins brilliantly. The opening scenes set in a television studio seem authentic on a very detailed level. The pace is frantic and various characters and subplots are introduced organically. The direction is assured, acting is superb and production values are excellent. The first act offers every assurance this will be a compelling drama, if not an instant classic.

But then it loses momentum. The hostage/revenge plot is too boneheaded to maintain interest for long and the underlying defalcation makes no sense at all. An average Joe invests $60M in the stock of a company that loses $800MM in a single day, causing its stock to lose about 85% of its value. The guy then complains that he's lost everything he had. Granted, he took a huge beating, but he should still have stock worth about $10M, unless he purchased on margin, but we don't know. Then we learn the company has a fleet of corporate jets, at least one of which is a Lear Jet 85 with a base sticker price of $20.8MM. If the company is large enough to have perhaps $75-150MM invested in jets, one wouldn't expect even a $800MM loss to have such a devastating effect. But why is this average Joe buying equity shares? Wouldn't he ordinarily invest in some investment fund or pool managed by the company? There is another scheme to artificially depress another company's stock in order to earn billions on the defalcated $800MM. But for this to work, that company would need to lose about 75% of its market value and then rebound. The mechanics, timing and scale make no sense at all and there is no way the villain could expect to pull it off without getting caught. He would have done better trying to smuggle cocaine on his Lear. But DeLorean already tried something like that and it didn't turn out well.

But maybe it doesn't need to make sense. After all the recent financial scandals, the burst of the housing bubble, Greece, Brexit, the precarious state of pension funds and the imminent bankruptcy of the Social Security trust fund, perhaps movie audiences don't need much evidence to assume some slick financial type is a villain.

At one point, Clooney's Gates character tells the villain that his scheme isn't complicated. That's the problem. The plot needs a brilliant scheme that requires Gates's unique skills and efforts to unravel. Instead, it is a rather obvious plot that Roberts's Fenn unravels behind the scenes with the assistance of a character turned whistle-blower for reasons that aren't explored sufficiently to make them credible, with the assistance of a group of hackers who are able to find an obscure bit of evidence on a surveillance camera that would be zoomed in at nothing but an empty patch of ground if a couple of people hadn't decided to frame themselves perfectly while one of them incriminated himself.

The police involvement seems authentic initially, but stretches credibility during a bizarre sort of chase scene and culminates in an inexplicable act of violence against an individual who has gained widespread sympathy while recorded on live television.

The story would have been stronger if the average Joe had invested money that he had earned and saved, rather than life insurance proceeds – perhaps an accumulated pension from working at a company for a long time and then being laid off due to economic circumstances.

The taste of death moment seems contrived.

Gates lacks a character arc. He recommended an investment that turned sour in part because an executive at the company proved to be disreputable and in part because nobody seems to know what the company actually does, other than deliver impressive profits. It turns out that the company doesn't know what they do either, as their much- touted trading algorithm was actually developed by a Korean programmer. In the final scene, Gates asks Fenn what they will do for the next program and neither one knows. His question may have been intended as humorous, as in how to top the drama of that day's events, but also reveals that he hasn't learned anything. He made a poor choice that cost the investors who relied upon his advice a lot of money. Tomorrow, he needs to make another recommendation, but he hasn't learned anything to guide him. Despite various implications that the system is rigged against the little guy, everything Gates has learned only applies to this one company. He was fooled and the public was defrauded. But nothing has happened to provide the public with better protection or to enable Gates to make better choices.

Reviewed by sfgebel3 8 / 10

Disagree with the Ending, but Otherwise Good

Money Monster is about a financial talk show host becoming a hostage on national television. Kyle (Jack O'Connell) straps a bomb to Lee Gates's (George Clooney) chest and forces the producer Patty (Julia Roberts) to keep rolling. He wants to learn how a company could lose so much money (including his $60,000) without a better explanation than "computer glitch", and he's going to use the media's financial adviser to figure it out.

Let me start by saying I do not understand economics enough to know how well this movie did in portraying that, but what I can tell you is that I thought the cast was great. The three leads were very strong and worked well together. Then again, Clooney and Roberts have done at least three other films together (The Ocean's Eleven trilogy), but this O'Connell fellow–who I don't think I've seen in anything before–was also very strong. Strong acting mixed with a strong script tends to create a strong film.

The film is only 98 minutes and so it seems to be fairly fast-paced so that I was never bored. Even the supporting cast was funny with scenes like when Lee, Kyle, and the cameraman Larry are in the elevator and the camera is rolling on Kyle holding the gun and detonator with Lee wearing the bomb; and then Kyle asks Larry if he's alright. Larry's response is "I don't like elevators". It's a simple scene, but add several of those throughout and we get the bits of comedy needed to break the tension that continues to build as Lee/Kyle/Patty continue to figure out where the money went.

To be honest, my largest critique is that I think they should have ended the film a bit earlier, and cut out the final scene. I'm going to try to explain what I mean without spoiling too much. The film ends with a hospital scene, which I actually think they shouldn't have done. I will not tell you who lives and who dies, but I will tell you that Kyle finds Walt Camby (Dominic West) the CEO who "lost" the money, and he does get the answer he wanted. As soon as that happens the film cuts to people in a bar who've been watching and these guys go back to playing their foosball game. Then it cuts to the hospital scene.

In my opinion, as an avid moviegoer, reader, and storyteller I feel the film should have ended with the people playing foosball, because that shows how society just goes back to their lives like nothing has happened. Like they haven't just spent the day watching a celebrity with a bomb to his chest. They were all glued to the television when there was a potential crisis, but the minute the crisis is over they shrug their shoulders and wash their hands. They go back to not caring about the money, which is one of Kyle's main points. I think that would have been a stronger ending to show just how screwed up our system is and I feel it is unfortunately very realistic. Therefore, to me, the hospital scene at the end weakens that powerful message.

Other than that, I found the movie to be an overall success. It was suspenseful, had good acting, a consistent script, and an interesting plot. So I guess you have to ask yourself how important is the ending to you? And more importantly, understanding the balance between learning the truth and then actually doing something about it–which I think is the key to this film.

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