Money Monster is an upcoming film directed by Jodie foster. The financial thriller has been low on the radar of moviegoers and critics for some time after the picture was first announced. Jodie foster has been in hollywood for a while and is seen as one of the elite talents in the industry. Money Monster isn't her first brush with directing so she has warehouse full of experience when it comes to crafting movies that excel in terms of direction and performances, and you just know that she'll get good performances out of all her actors.
Here's the plot synopsis:
In the taut and tense thriller "Money Monster," Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.
The subject matter for a film like this usually gives way to tense discussions about Wall-street and the shady-side of the financial district. Clooney's character in this movie, a fast-talking host of a financial network show that offers up solutions and in-your-face advice on how to get the most for your money and make worthwhile investments, seems to be front and center. However, his character is reduced from being a confident big-shot to a simple "man in trouble" when he, his producer, and his crew are taken hostage by an embittered investor who blames him and a good portion of wall-street for the stock-crash. Through it all it looks like Clooney's character might walk away with a little more compassion and understanding based on his brief speech about "being human" in the trailer.
Despite the mostly positive reactions to the trailer, there were few dissenters and people who went after Clooney, most citing him as being an an "extreme liberal" or spouting off about other things he's done. Some didn't even didn't focus on the actors and just straight up called the film things like "liberal framework propaganda" or labeled it as "Anti-capitalist agenda" pushing. Guess it's no surprise these comments and remarks are being hurled around given the views that one presidential candidate in particular has about America's financial epicenter and the practices of certain businesses and corporations. But hey, controversy is like fuel for films like this, and a full-tank is never unwelcome. This film definitely has the necessary ingredients for a successful film and could become an opening weekend sensation if word of mouth plays in its favor.