Money Monster (2016), Dir. Jodie Foster

Money Monster (2016), Dir. Jodie Foster
I’m trying to save him, you’re trying to shoot him!
— Patty Fenn, Money Monster (2016)

Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Caitriona Balfe, Dominic West, Lenny Venito, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Meade, Chris Bauer.
Directors: Jodie Foster
Screenplay: Alan Di Fiore, Jim Kouf, Jamie Linden.

Financial Guru TV Host Lee Gates (George Clooney) has given bad stock market advise to his audience as a mega tech company ‘IBIS’ lost over $800 million on the open market. Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) takes Gate’s show hostage live on air in order to get the real answers as to why ‘IBIS’ lost his and other investors money.

The film is interesting in the way it addresses the inability for the everyday person’s voice to be heard in Wall Street. The frustration at Wall Street’s high risk investments that leaves their investor’s money vulnerable. Kyle is drastic in the way he is asking for answers, but really it is completely understandable as is voice can only be heard by using these measures. 

Money Monster, though has a good deal to say struggles with filling the running time. There are many occasions that screams filler dialogue and plot, they hide it slightly by it actually being part of the film’s story; stretch the time so they can find the answers Kyle seeks. That is basically Patty Fenn’s (Julia Roberts) role in the story, getting to the bottom of the mystery while keeping Gates from being blown up by Kyle. 

The film is cast well, the direction is not bad and the characters though a little stereotypical work within the plot. However there is something missing in this film, a sense of reality. That could come from the film’s use of TV studio lighting that makes sense with it being in a studio environment but it makes it hard to connect with the characters.

Not a bad film, not a bad plot but sometimes it is a little too on-the-nose in its message on societies inability to give much more than minimal attention to such an important moment in societal frustration. But now we can all go back to our foosball game.