696. Money Monster

696-money-monsterBackground info

Title: Money Monster
Director: Jodie Foster
Year: 2016
Run time: 1hr 38m

“In this real-time, high stakes thriller George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an explosive situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O’Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets.”

Live blog

1:40 – “If you want faster everything, sometimes you’re going to blow a tyre.”
5:13 – Loving Julia trying to wrangle George. They’re so good together.
9:58 – Things I never thought I’d see, George dancing with a giant dollar sign around his neck.
12:35 – How can you have a stock tip of the millennium, each day?
17:49 – She has to be very careful which button she’s pressing, make sure she’s talking to the right person!
25:03 – The word glitch has lost all meaning.
26:29 – Yay, mixing desk. Loving the studio stuff here.
34:22 – “And we’ve got a CEO… even though we don’t know where he is right now.”
41:29 – Just had to google what quant means.
43:49 – I hundred per cent would buy some!
51:19 – Oof, he’s gonna shoot another screen. The technology is taking another beating.
53:44 – She’s putting extra syllables in to aren’t.
59:27 – She knows everything he’s thinking, it’s spooky!
1:06:23 – Hackers sounding like Yoda, bless!
1:11:41 – So weird they are just going for a walk now.
1:20:07 – The incidentals are actually the best so far, Ron and Amy.
1:30:05 – “I was more interested in keeping him in frame.” Amazing.
1:31:38 – Yay, it made a meme!

Conclusions

This is a bizarre film, really. Firstly, I didn’t realise that Jodie Foster was a director so that was a pleasant surprise. Then it has the wonderful reunion of Julia and George, except they are barely ever on screen at the same time.

The concept feels ever so slightly far-fetched. I’ve dabbled the smallest amount in the stock market and was warned at least fifty times that investments can go down as well as up. I get that the guy shouldn’t have said what he said, but you have to take some responsibility for your own actions!

Then again, he’s supposed to be a bad guy, a terrorist maybe. But the thing is, it was a bit soft around the edges – you never really thought anyone was actually going to get hurt, and I thought it was quite obvious that it could only end one way, which it did.

Having said that, I still really liked it. A lot of it was made better for us studio nerds by all the equipment, faders, cameras and stuff that kept moving in and out of shot. I can’t imagine everyone else was quite so interested in the setup as we were. So, a good film, interesting, watchable and all that, but it’s telling that Mr C really just wanted to watch the TV show that they were making rather than the film itself.

Rating: 4/5.

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