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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