Cert: 15 Runtime: 98 mins Director: Jodie Foster Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell
Without risk, there is no reward
Jodie Foster has been a budding director for some time now. Money Monster is her latest film that has grabbed some attention. It’s been a few months since it’s general release but I have finally watched it. Jack O’Connell truly is becoming hot property in Hollywood, this shows it starring alongside George Clooney and Julia Roberts. So what is Money Monster about? Lee Gates (George Clooney) is the host of a high-rated financial programme on TV, offering tips to its money-hungry viewers. But when one viewer, Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), loses all his money due to one of Gates’ tips, things soon take a turn for the worse for the well-to-do TV presenter. Budwell manages to take over the studio, and during a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, he orders Gates to find out what happened. The answer, it seems, points to a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets.
Money Monster is a fine thriller that doesn’t run too low on adrenaline or surprise and even manages to squeeze in some genuine commentary and emotion. Many times when you think the film has finally won you over, in comes something, an out of place action or a character, that really takes you out of the groove. Yet, also the exact opposite is true: for every time I thought the movie just did something that it wouldn’t be able to recover from, in came a new twist that sparked my interest again. When it is not preaching to you the film really has it, characters, performances, Jack O’Connell is really great in this, cinematography, script, these elements are all in good place. As I said before, the majority of the moral issues that are presented to you work because they are all in the subtext of what is going on, those parts make for a thrilling watch, it’s when it got too on the nose that it really bothered me.