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Show Me The Money

Star and host of financial TV show ‘Money Monster’ Lee Gates, comes under unanticipated ambush during the latest broadcast of the show. The show is succumbed to a hostage situation led by Kyle Budwell, an investor that lost everything after following a tip provided to him from the show. When the situation escalates to a bomb-threat the entire crew is forced to come to an agreement to settle the circumstances.

The movie attempts to depict the moralities of economic domains and humanity’s relationship with the stock market. The thrill is enhanced through an up close behind-the-scenes look of production, thus conveying perspectives from in front of camera as well as behind. Generally, there is an unbalance when considering the themes or morals behind the feature.

Despite the situations severity, there is still some absent force of panic or alarm. The absurd mannerisms, that are admittedly put across convincingly thanks to George Clooney, do in fact contradict the usual demeanor of Wall Street. There are some somewhat feeble attempts of humor, accompanied with hints of drama that don’t quite lift off in ways that would be desirable for this kind of production. Despite these marginally minimal disagreements, the action does in fact retain attention throughout and keeps audiences guessing.

The show itself is something that has been forced into the entertainment sector of broadcasting, diverging away from it’s core subject of money and finance. The host is portrayed as a performer, one that hauls viewers into huge potential profit or – as demonstrated – disastrous loss. Lee Gates is a man that has each watcher wrapped around his golden fingers,  manipulating the audience with information given to him from his directors. He appears to have everything, yet, as explored during the conflict, he is still lacking in other desirable qualities in life.

Coupled alongside the protagonist’s overbearing facade, is the voice in his ear piece belonging to the show’s producer, Patty Fenn. Whose driven, hard-working, and the main cog enabling the run of this production. Her efficient approach provides stability in whats considered a thrilling narrative of events, its down to her direction that keeps Lee motivated through the unlikely proceedings that occur in front of them.

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Despite being predominantly confined to the control room for the majority of her screen time, it is Julia Roberts’ performance that particularly shines. She manages to portray the real turmoils to producing entertainment TV, and the levels of work that go into directing a mix of crew members. The relationship between her and her co-worker is admirable, with inside jokes that exhibits depth to their past working together.

The lack of consideration from the individuals associated with the stock markets is addressed head on, yet we can still sympathize with them despite their arrogance because of the situation they have been unwillingly forced into. Mixed feelings are experienced throughout, as the chaos unfolds on screen. This overall proves an engaging adaptation of a sinister situation.

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