I consider Jodie Foster to be Hollywood royalty. Not in the way that her whole family is Hollywood types but in that she has been working in films almost her whole life and encompasses what makes Hollywood great. Drive, talent, class and passion. She has been iconic in front of the camera in films like Taxi Driver, The Accused, and The Silence of the Lambs but she has also made an impression behind the camera with great little gems like Little Man Tate, Home for the Holidays (my favorite) and The Beaver. Her new film is significantly bigger in terms of exposure but still very intimate in terms of character. Money Monster is the film and it stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
Lee Gates (Clooney) is the successful host of a financial television show called Money Monster. He talks about the financial world, investments etc and gives his advice and opinions to an audience desperate to grow their money. But Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) isn’t so happy with Gates after losing everything he had after following Gates advice. Now he has taken the set of Money Monster hostage at gunpoint demanding Gates make things right and admit the financial industry is fixed. Now Gates with the help of his producer Patty Fenn (Roberts) must maintain control and help resolve the situation before anyone gets hurt.
Money Monster is a fantastic film that really taps into the current state of affairs in the USA as well as much of the rest of the world. Since the last stock market crash people tend to feel ripped off and betrayed and Money Monster is all about that frustration coming to the forefront. Foster makes the film with an addictive pace that really keeps you guessing where the story will go next. Clooney and Roberts are at the top of their game and really make their roles seem authentic and effortless, but it is Unbroken’s Jack O’Connell who really steals the show. He plays the part of the everyman perfectly and conveys all of our societal frustrations perfectly. As the story unfolds we see Kyle get dragged along into a story he never expected to be part of when he decided to hold up the show. At a tight hour and 38 minutes, Money Monster is a fast paced and intriguing thriller that gives the viewer a lot to think about during and long after the movie. Highly recommended.