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The Mail on Sunday - Event - - FILM - Christo­pher Bray

All The Money In The World (15) ★★★ is the story of a dis­ap­pear­ance. No, not the way the movie’s orig­i­nal star Kevin Spacey was re­placed with Christo­pher Plum­mer (right). We’re talk­ing about the 1973 kid­nap of John Paul Getty III (Char­lie Plum­mer – no re­la­tion to his onscreen grand­fa­ther).

You know the story in all its ear-slic­ing de­tail, be­cause the pa­pers couldn’t get enough of it. So though John Paul’s gramps is the rich­est man alive, he didn’t get like that by hand­ing his money out to Ital­ian hoods. In­stead, he has his own per­sonal in­ves­ti­ga­tor, Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg), try to track down the kid­nap­pers. Des­per­ate to help is the boy’s mother, Gail (Michelle Wil­liams, very ef­fec­tive).

The picture wants to be an anal­y­sis of the heart­less­ness of wealth but the drama never sparks. The best rea­son to watch is Char­lie Plum­mer. His an­gelic blond ringlets and his wide, zonked-out eyes speak to an in­no­cence be­neath his poor-lit­t­lerich-kid life of de­bauch­ery.

Oth­er­wise, the movie feels hol­low – a news re­port rather than a drama freighted with emo­tion.

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