Thursday, June 2, 2016

Money Monster

Money Monster is a kind of fun movie based on a TV character played by Goerge Clooney.  His character, Lee Gates, is a "show biz" guy selling financial tips...complete with dancing girls and a lot of hoopla.   Gates recommends a stock "Ibis Clear Capital" and then it loses big money.  We mean huge losses.  The official reason is a computer glitch.  One of the investors who relied on Gates is a young man who lost his total inheritance, and has a pregnant wife.  He takes Gates hostage, placing him in an explosive vest .  The rest of the movie is essentially a negotiation to try to get answers for the young man (played by Jack O'Connell) about what really happened.   Julia Roberts is brilliant as the one who manages the scene as the director of the show, which is in live broad cast.  Gates has an earpiece so she can communicate with him for most of the action.

What I liked the most about this movie is the real time aspect.  Everything is filmed as if in real time and much is being streamed by major networks as it is happening.  This really adds to the tension. You see people in bars and public places watching to see what happens next.

Jodie Foster was the director and she deserves credit for the film's timely message--it really could happen and how, once things unfold, we see how publicity managers are willing to obfuscate the truth...or maybe they don't know, either.  Eventually we learn that it wasn't a computer glitch at all, but I won't go any further to "spoil" the ending.  It was worthwhile, in my opinion.