Money Monster (2016) Review

Verdict: Enthralling

Great acting and editing.


While on air for his show ‘Money Monster’, Lee Gates (George Clooney) and the rest of the production team – including director, Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) and camera-man Lenny (Lenny Venito), are taken hostage at gunpoint by Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell). Kyle accuses Lee of robbing him, when he said that stocks from Ibis were a sure bet. After millions of dollars goes missing from the company, CEO Walt Camby  (Dominic West) attributes this to a computer glitch, which motivates Kyle to act out. Directed by Jodie Foster.

This movie is fast-paced and exciting to watch. Because of the fast nature of the film, there is a lot of information being portrayed to us, and as such, time feels like it has passed by quickly. The suspenseful atmosphere that lurks behind the tone of the film makes it easy to lose yourself in.

The acting is superb, and Roberts especially gives a compelling portrayal. The professional personality of her character shines in the film, even as she is faced with the threat of being blown to pieces. Clooney too, does a good job with his character. His character’s arrogant act doesn’t help in pacifying the gunman. Speaking of which, O’Connell gives a very raw performance. His overt anger and the way you can see his face get red from frustration is quite impressive. Caitriona Balfe as Diane Lester is also quite an interesting character. However, her boss, Camby (played by West) joins the party late and maybe it is because his character isn’t likable, but I felt that he is a bit awkward.

Jodie Foster does a great job at directing this film. It was easily engaging and kept my attention. The soundtrack, voice effects, and settings all aid to create this suspenseful tone. Supporting actors and actresses like Christopher Denham, Giancarlo Esposito, Condola Rashad and Aaron Yoo are great additions to the film as well.

The cinematography and editing is great because it helps us to see the point of view from the various perspectives. Because of the sensitive nature of the event, a lot of people are involved in the case. Therefore, the film repeatedly jumps from each different cluster of people, from the studio room, to the police outside, to the other company involved and so on. This cutting from here to there is done in a way that is not disorienting or confusing. Also, I appreciate that they had shots of people watching from public spaces. I as well liked how, at first, characters who would later be involved in the case are introduced as just casual people watching the news.

Overall, an exciting film that is sure to entertain. However, there is quite a bit of swearing in this that does not seem so necessary.

To sum-up:
PROS: Acting, story, editing
CONS: Swearing

I give this an 8/10.

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