What goes up...
Village Jam Factory - Sunday 5 June 2016, 2:30pm
Running time: 99m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Coarse language, mature themes, violence and sex)
Release date: 02/06/16
Rating: 6/10 (ME 3/5, DP 3/5)
Lee Gates (George Clooney) hosts Money Monster, a brash and brassy television show about money and investing. Apart from a string of failed marriages, life is pretty good for Lee. That's until Kyle (Jack O'Connell) sneaks into the studio with a gun and a bomb. While the drama plays out live on air, Lee is advised by his producer Patty (Julia Roberts) through an ear-piece while trying to get to the core of the secrets behind Kyle's threats.
Money Monster is a tense drama mystery from director Jodie Foster. Naturally, George Clooney's character manages to take the moral high-ground (remember that film when he didn't? Neither do we) but it's the dynamic between the three leads that gives this film real soul. Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, '71) is impressive once again in a performance that is raw, powerful and relentless. The dialogue through the earpiece between George Clooney and Julia Roberts provides a nice twist and cleverly provides the depth of the connection between the characters without saying too much.
There are a few lighter moments that could've added colour and texture, but ended up doing little apart from defusing the tension that had been so carefully crafted. I flip-flopped between loving this film and hating this film as my empathy was shifted between characters. An interesting story well told despite some flaws. Enjoyable. (ME)