Michael Douglas' famed Gordon Gecko returns in 2010's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and while money may never sleep, we sure had a hard time not to while watching this movie…
This sequel to the Oliver Stone’s 80’s movie ‘Wall Street’ picks up with the infamous trader Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas, leaving prison after serving eight years for fraud, money laundering and racketeering. Alongside this we see the young investment banker Jacob Moore, played by Shia LaBeouf, starting his career in the big scary financial world.
Whilst there are various storylines going on, the overarching story sees Moore's company stocks hitting an all-time low after a hostile takeover by another investment bank. As a result, the company comes into terrible debt, and Moore's boss and mentor commits suicide.
Cue an old fashioned revenge mission, which sees Moore securing the help of Gekko - who just so happens to be the father of Moore’s fiancée - in order to bring down the hostile bank, headed by Josh Brolin's Bretton James.
The movie trudges along at one numbing tone for the next two hours and 13 minutes; with most characters either crooked, on edge, or both. This may be how most Wall Street movie tropes are played out in Hollywood, this one certainly feels more repetitive and one dimensional than most.
Even the frame story of the bad blood relationship between Gordon Gekko and the quiet twitchy daughter, played by Carey Mulligan, results in Gekko stealing $100 million from her. There comes a time when there has got to be more to the financial world than f*cking people over.
Still, the one thing we can say about this movie? It's got a cracking cast list.
When Gekko first gets out of prison, this man surely couldn’t slip back into high-flying society with no repercussions… oh no wait he wrote a book. This seems to be a common trait of convicted stock brokers.
The end when Gekko gave the money back to his daughter and everything was okay again. Turns out $100m goes a long way when asking for forgiveness.
Gordon Gekko: It's not about the money. It's about the game between people.