It opens with Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas, being released from jail after serving time for insider trading. Shia LaBeouf is a young Wall Street trader who just so happens to be dating Gekko’s daughter.
As the men’s lives become intertwined, they navigate various challenges that include market fluctuations and chaos stemming from family ties. The journey we take with them is unentertaining - LaBeouf just isn’t worth watching unless Megan Fox (his co-star in the “Transformers” movies) is there to divert attention away from him.
The film does try to provide a contrast to the evils of Wall Street in the character of Winnie Gekko, played by Carey Mulligan. Mulligan is cute but in no way provides the much-needed alternative paradigm. She turns out to be just as much a product of Wall Street as the two men, and her trendy liberal leanings make me shudder with self-loathing.
If you do go see this movie you might ask yourself how a movie like this happened to be made. It seems pretty clear to me - remember how I said there is only one moment that was worth shooting? Director Oliver Stone took that moment and tried to build a movie around it.
In one scene Gordon Gekko speaks to a crowded room about the evils of our economy. The beautifully delivered speech plays on both primal and more rational fears about our country’s future. It’s a good speech but in no way warrants an entire movie.
“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is needlessly confusing, poorly acted and completely boring. To put it simply: don’t go see this movie. I would have walked out on it (something I have only done once before), but I had to write a review this week.