Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Rated 2.0

Given the recent global economic meltdown, the time would seem to be ripe for Oliver Stone’s sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, but that assumes the original 1987 Wall Street was more than just schlock in suits. Michael Douglas won an Oscar for his portrayal of sleek sleazeball Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film, but here he plays support to a distinctly in-over-his-head Shia LeBeouf as Jake Moore, who enlists Gekko in a financial revenge scheme. Just released from prison, Gekko has refashioned himself as a Joe Wilson of the stock market; he’s even penned a book titled Is Greed Good? If nothing else, Money Never Sleeps gets credit for being one of the shit-craziest movies of 2010—it crams more CGI effects, motorcycle chases, and David Byrne and Brian Eno songs than you’d ever expect in a film purportedly about high finance.