Money Monsters


Tension is paramount in this drama. Just when the pressure builds and becomes unbearable, the writers throw in a funny situation or line of dialogue that brings comic relief. There are more laughs in this movie than one would expect in a drama that is so serious.

“Money Monster” stars Academy Award winner George Clooney and Academy Award winner Julia Roberts as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty Fenn. When an irate investor, Kyle Budwell, (Jack O’Connell) who has lost $60,000 which is all the money he possesses, takes over the studio, he insists that they broadcast the takeover on live TV or he will blow them up. Lee and Patty must work to unravel the mystery behind an $880 million dollar conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets. With all the controversies surrounding Wall Street, “Money Monster” is seems very timely.

The stars are supported by a solid cast. Dominic West as the CEO of the corporation that lost the $880 million dollars, Giancarlo Esposito play s Captain Powell, Lenny Venito is the cameraman Lenny and Christopher Denham is Ron Specher.

I have never been a fan of Clooney’s acting; I don’t think he can act his way out of a paper bag, but he is so good-looking I am willing to overlook his foibles. “Money Monster” however is his tour-de- force. He is excellent as Lee Gates.

I have been a fan of Julia Roberts since “Mystic Pizza.” She continues to deliver in “Money Monster”.

“Money Monster” was directed by Academy Award winner Jodie Foster. Foster has really come into her own as a director, this is her eight endeavor.

The screenplay was written by Jamie Linden and Alan Difiore & Jim Kouf based on a story by Alan Difiore and Jim Kouf. Their growth of the main characters makes this film a rewarding experience for the audience

“Money Monster” is an exciting film but it earned its R rating because of the language. The F-bomb is used frequently. Although, if I were forced to wear a vest stuffed with C-4, the F-bomb is not the only bad language you would hear from me. I think in this case the language makes sense and is not as offensive as it might be because it seems appropriate in the situation.

“Money Monster” opened Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and AMC Eastgate Showplace 6.