I caught a sneak preview screening of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps last week and while for reasons I still don’t understand, Fox won’t let me talk about it, I can tell you that it’s going to have an impact. It’s an Oliver Stone film, would you expect anything less?
The sequel to his 1987 classic about greed and corruption in the financial sector revisits the life of Gordon Gekko after his release from prison, having served time for the white collar crimes Bud Fox helped put him in prison for in the first film. Gordon emerges into a world where not only is greed good, but seemingly legal. Our window into Gordon's world is another young, Wall Street broker. This time it’s Jacob Moore, played by Shia LaBeouf and, he just happens to be dating Gekko's daughter.
Below we have four clips from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Stick around and I’ll try to walk you through them, one by one.
Gordon Gekko’s (Michael Douglas) relationship with his daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan) isn’t good and this is our first taste of not only Winnie’s angry feelings towards her father but her fiancée Jacob’s (Shia LaBeouf) fascination with him.
In this scene, Money Never Sleeps attempts to illustrate the way in which rumors, even when people know they aren’t true, can drastically impact the price of a stock.
In this clip Oliver Stone relives everyone’s reaction to the financial crisis of 2008, as the media screamed that the whole thing was going to melt down at any minute, while we the public just sort of sat there, stared blankly at our televisions, and busied ourselves with other things since, well, most of us didn’t and still don’t have any real understanding of what the heck was going on. The scary thing about what happened in 2008 is that even a lot of the people involved in the financial industry (in this case played by Shia LaBeouf) didn’t understand what was happening, and they too sat there blankly, in front of their televisions, just like the rest of us.
In this scene Stone attempts to illustrate the way in which one, small piece of hard journalism on a small website could impact the financial community in rooting out corruption. Unfortunately, I’m not sure how realistic this is. Dozens of articles of all types have been written on Wall Street corruption over the past few years and how much impact has it really had? Judge for yourself. You’ll also get a look at one of Oliver Stone’s two cameos in his film.