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Money Monster (2016)

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Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes them and their crew as hostage.

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Jodie Foster

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Jamie Linden (screenplay), Alan DiFiore (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Lee Gates
Julia Roberts ... Patty Fenn
Jack O'Connell ... Kyle Budwell
Dominic West ... Walt Camby
Caitriona Balfe ... Diane Lester
Giancarlo Esposito ... Captain Powell
Christopher Denham ... Ron Sprecher
Lenny Venito ... Lenny (The Cameraman)
Chris Bauer ... Lt. Nelson
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Avery Goodloe CFO
Emily Meade ... Molly
Condola Rashad ... Bree (The Assistant)
Aaron Yoo ... Won Joon
Carsey Walker Jr. Carsey Walker Jr. ... Tech Sam
Grant Rosenmeyer ... Tech Dave
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Storyline

In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O'Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today's fast-paced, high-tech global markets. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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On the air. Out of time. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality and brief violence. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean | Icelandic | Russian

Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Money Monster See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,788,157, 15 May 2016

Gross USA:

$41,012,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,282,604
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The video game that the Icelanders are playing throughout the film is Just Cause 3 (2015). See more »

Goofs

The wireless, handheld camera Lenny uses towards the end of film wouldn't be able to transmit while in the elevator. Unless receiving equipment was placed along the route between the studio and Federal Hall, and again inside Federal Hall, he wouldn't be able to transmit from there, either. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lee Gates: Okay, here we go. Are you listening? Are you paying attention out there? Good. Because it's about to get complicated, so I'm gonna start out slow and make it nice and simple for you. You don't have a *clue* where your money is. See, once upon a time, you could walk into your bank, and they'd open a vault and point to a gold brick. Not anymore. Your money - that thing that you bust your ass for - it's nothing more than a few photons of energy traveling through a massive network of ...
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Electrocution Sequence
from "The Thing from Another World (1951)"
Written and Conducted by Dimitri Tiomkin
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Turner Entertainment Co.
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Increasingly preposterous, but still a fairly rattling thriller
12 June 2016 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Lee Gates (George Clooney) is the brash, arrogant presenter of financial show the Money Monster, which offers advice on how best to invest your savings. Aided by his forthright producer Patty (Julia Roberts), he starts the day with a typically extroverted show-until an uninvited intruder named Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell) hijacks the show, and demands Gates be held to account for some bad advice he offered that resulted in Budwell losing all his money. As the hostage situation intensifies, the two men find the cause of both their problems may be events happening much further down the chain.

Jodie Foster steps back behind the camera for this timely tale, involving corporate greed and the fallout. Setting the themes of monetary hardship and retribution against the template of a standard real time thriller, of the type they used to make really well in the '90s, Money Monster has a fairly genuine air of suspense about it, and plays out in a manner you may not expect it to, although it's still fairly flawed as a film , and is certainly not as much in this vein as it could be.

It's all going rather swimmingly, playing out in a fairly standard, connect the dots manner from one hostage situation cliché to another, almost as if it's coming from the rule book for such films, but nonetheless keeping you on the seat edge wondering how it's going to play out. Then as there seems to be some resolution, it all goes pear shaped and descends into an overblown and fairly nonsensical final showdown with CEO Walt Camby (Dominic West) and his cohort Diane Lester (Caitriona Balfe) that loses it some credibility.

Performances wise, as the leading man, Clooney assumes the older statesman role, looking older and greyer than his heartthrob days, but gaining a little more conviction as a result. Meanwhile, as the protagonist, O'Connell manages a fairly good Queens accent and is a pleasing coy to Clooney. With a support cast of the likes of Roberts, West and Lester, you certainly have star power, and about the same script power too, until the end. ***


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