Movie Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

Is greed good?

For Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the 1980's, it was. But what about the late 2000's?

In Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, we see Gekko as an unlikely Wall Street sage and a broken man, both of which are far cries from the suave doberman in the first film. Gekko's situation is further complicated by his desire to reconnect with his only daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan) and mentor her fiance Jake (Shia LaBeouf) in vicious workings of Wall Street.

Speaking of the couple, I personally think Winnie and Jake made the film watchable. Amidst the great acting performances from the ensemble cast and tons of financial jargon, it's the pair that gives the film heart-- something folks will root for. Oliver Stone's story is a bit fractured and confusing at times, and it's during the scenes where Carey Mulligan appears that made the most sense to me.

A lot of details will escape over most viewers as the financial concepts in the movie try to be as loyal to what happened in the subprime crisis a few years ago. Be sure to read up on terms like default swaps, shorts, risk exposure, and insider trading. You know, Wall Street stuff. :)

So, is greed good? In Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, let's just say folks will see something better.

Rating: 3/5


Props to Oliver Stone for working in a Bud Fox appearance in the movie. :D