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Ge­orge Clooney and Ju­lia Roberts in Money Mon­ster

MONEYMONSTER Di­rected by Jodie Foster. Star­ring Ge­orge Clooney, Ju­lia Roberts, Jack O’Con­nell, Do­minic West, Caitri­ona Balfe, Gian­carlo Es­pos­ito. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 98 min Fol­low­ing its re­cent pre­miere at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, more than a few crit­ics sug­gested that Jodie Foster’s snappy, un­pre­ten­tious thriller seemed to have crawled un­al­tered from the 1990s. There’s some­thing in that. The pic­ture has a flat, un­sea­soned look to it that sug­gests Clin­to­nian sophistry and the first Brit­ney Spears LP. The hostage-taker-as-celebrity con­ceit points back fur­ther to films such as Dog Day Af­ter­noon and The King of Com­edy. So, there’s noth­ing hugely orig­i­nal about Money Mon­ster. It is, how­ever, en­cour­ag­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence a film that tells its story with such ad­mirable econ­omy. Films fea­tur­ing stars this huge rarely wind down with so lit­tle fuss.

Ge­orge Clooney plays a TV stock tipster very much in the style of Jim Cramer from CNBC. You know the sort of thing: funny hats, crazy graph­ics, end­less catch­phrases. It seems that, some months ear­lier, he rec­om­mended a stock that has now bombed club some 10 years ear­lier. Ini­tial cud­dles are un­trou­bled – they usu­ally are – but there are omi­nous point­ers for those who choose to look. A trou­bled ex-girl­friend, still lurk­ing about the restau­rant, doesn’t ex­actly advertise Ge­or­gio’s sta­bil­ity. Be­fore too long he’s do­ing ter­ri­ble things and Tony’s fall­ing apart in­side.

In her third film, the French direc­tor Maïwenn re­turns to the tech­nique she used for her fit­ful Polisse. An out­line is writ­ten and the cast im­pro­vise

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