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This weekend at the movies

Pete’s Preview Sep 24 by Peter Veugelaers © 2010

You don’t easily forget Michael Douglas as the consummate, charismatic and greedy Gordon Gekko from his Oscar winning performance in Wall Street. In that film, Charlie Sheen’s hot shot broker character studied under the wing of Gekko how to succeed without a conscience in the finance world. Over 20 years later, in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Gekko’s released from prison and it seems prison has been good to him. A young hot shot trader (Shia LaBeouf), who is married to Gekko’s daughter (Carey Mulligan), sides with him to warn of the coming global economic collapse indicating a change of allegiance from consumed by money to actually caring. That might take the edge out of the Gekko we’ve seen in Wall Street, although money never sleeps.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Wall Street 2 Poster
Release Date: September 24, 2010
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Oliver Stone
Screenwriter: Oliver Stone, Allan Loeb
Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, Vanessa Ferlito, Charlie Sheen

Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language and thematic elements)
Official Website: WallStreetMoneyNeverSleeps.com

Shia LaBeouf stars with Michael Douglas, who’ll reprise his Gordon Gekko role. Langella will play Lewis Zabel, an old-time broker who mentors LaBeouf’s character, a young Wall Street broker.
When Gekko comes out of prison, he essentially has to redefine himself, redefine his character, he’s looking for that second chance.
LaBeouf portrays Jake Moore, who is the fiancé of Gekko’s daughter, played by Carey Mulligan; Josh Brolin as the head of an investment bank; and Susan Sarandon as Jake’s mother. Charlie Sheen, who played the central role of Bud Fox, a young trader, in the original, will make a cameo in the sequel.

EN 5 Second Review:  Douglas is the movie. For nostalgia’s sake it is a good movie. It falls down a bit when LaBouf is onscreen as comparisons to Douglas don’t work for him. Overall a fun movie thanks to the performances of Douglas and Brolin.

See complete review and Trailer on EntertainmentNutz.com

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