Friday, May 13, 2016

Money Monster Movie Review

George Clooney stars in Money Monster

The $800 Million Question

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: 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. Directed by Jodie Foster.

Clooney's Gates asks, "Are you paying attention out there?" Let's hope not. Money Monster stinks. It's poorly written (Alan Di Fiore, Jim Kouf & Jamie Linden) implausible to a fault and void of thrills. Considering it's a (supposed) thriller... not good. It looked promising on paper; but O'Connell and Roberts are downright awful (especially Roberts, whose days as a box office draw appear over.) Clooney isn't much better, but I blame bad casting over poor acting. "There's human fingerprints all over this," and they belong to Foster, who might want to consider retirement (multiple Oscar winners rarely fall this far.)

Grade: F