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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Star­ring:

Shia LaBeouf, Michael Dou­glas, Josh Brolin, Carey Mul­li­gan, Char­lie Sheen, Su­san Saran­don, Frank Lan­gella

Oliver Stone

Di­rected by:

Stone’s ob­ses­sions with the psy­cho­log­i­cal roots of the re­ces­sion takes prece­dence over his char­ac­ters, which is both a good and bad thing – on one hand it’s com­fort­ing to get the cin­e­matic ver­sion of a story we all know too well. On the other, young up­start Jake (played with just the right mix of am­bi­tion and hu­mil­ity by Shia LeBeouf) is treated as an­other prod­uct of the Y-gen­er­a­tion, forced to make a not-very-dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion be­tween the world of his do-good­ing girl­friend and play­ing with big guns like Gekko (Michael Dou­glas) and his neme­sis, Bret­ton James (a per­fectly sleazy Josh Brolin). His in­ti­mate scenes with Mul­li­gan are con­vinc­ing and af­fect­ing. If you don’t cry when the banks col­lapse you will when the love­birds fight.

– Re­becca Barry, Flicks.co.nz

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