Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Preview/Synopsis

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps September 24

Directed by Oscar winner Oliver Stone ( Platoon, Wall Street, JFK ) Starring Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Eli Wallach and Charlie Sheen in a cameo as Bud Fox. Written by Allan Loeb ( Things We Lost In The Fire ) and Stephen Schiff ( True Crime ) cinematography by Oscar nominee Rodrigo Prieto ( Brokeback Mountain, 25th Hour ) editing by David Brenner ( The River Wild, Identity ) and Julie Monroe ( The Patriot, World Trade Center ) Original score by Golden Globe winner Craig Armstrong ( Moulin Rouge, Ray )

The film is set 23 years after the first film, in June 2008, and Gordon Gekko has just been released from prison. Despite his initial attempts to warn Wall Street of the forthcoming economic downturn and stock market crash, no one in the financial world believes him due to his conviction for financial crimes. Gekko decides to re-focus his attention on rebuilding his relationship with his estranged daughter, Winnie. Due to their time apart, and the fact that Winnie blames Gekko for her brother Rudy's suicide, she avoids any contact with him. At the same time, the mentor of young Wall Street trader Jacob unexpectedly dies, and Jacob suspects his hedge fund manager of being involved in the death. Jacob, who is Winnie's fiancé, seeks revenge and agrees to Gekko's offer of help, in return for which Jacob agrees to help Gekko with Winnie.

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and thematic elements. 133 min.

Oscar chances ? Probably not. Maybe a screenplay and supporting nod for Mulligan but I just don't think this is Oscar material. That hardly means it won't be entertaining though.

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