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A story of money at all costs, and the
people who will do anything to gain entrée into that most exclusive club of
great wealth and power. At the same time, it tells the story of a man's
desperate attempts to reconnect with his daughter - a connection threatened by
his equally determined efforts to re-gain admission into a world that has left
Drama - This is a sequel to the popular 1987 drama. Fans of Michael Douglas
may be disappointed by his iconic character's diminished presence in
this film but Shia LaBoeuf fans will savor this more serious showcase
for him. Older adults are the overall target.
Roger EbertFull Review Good But it's a smart, glossy, beautifully photographed film that knows its way around the Street...
USA TodayFull Review Above Average To the film's benefit, Sleeps doesn't try to live up to the 1987 original, which won Douglas the Academy Award. Instead, it makes Douglas' release a side note and focuses instead on star Shia LaBeouf. It's a risky move, one that doesn't entirely pay off.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 125 moviegoers:
TEENS:One of the three teens loved it but the other two only rated it average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Five of the six males enjoyed "Wall Street" very much. One was disappointed. All three of the females rated this movie very high.
ADULTS:These are mediocre reviews overall. About a third of the males and females loved "Wall Street." Approximately another third enjoyed it very much and rated it above average. Unfortunately, the remaining reviews are only average to below average. For a major movie with this star power, these are disappointing reviews. So, many of you will enjoy "Wall Street," but approximately half of you will likely be disappointed.
In 2001, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), having served his time for securities
fraud, money laundering and racketeering, steps outside the gates of a Federal
Correctional Facility a changed man. No longer the king of Wall Street, Gekko is
unshaven, his hair unkempt. No one is there to meet him, not even his daughter
Winnie, from whom he is estranged, nor any of his Wall Street colleagues, who
have kept busy during his absence amassing ever-larger fortunes. After eight
years inside, Gekko is now alone, and an outsider.
In 2008 Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf), a smart young proprietary trader, is
making millions at the venerable Keller Zabel Investments, run by Louis Zabel
(Frank Langella), Jake's mentor. Jake's girlfriend, Winnie (Carey Mulligan),
meanwhile, is supportive of his drive - fueled by an idealism she finds lacking
in her father Gordon - to invest in green energy.
A wave of rumors that Keller Zabel is stuck with billions in toxic debt
causes the company's stock price to suddenly nose-dive, and Louis Zabel is
forced to fight for his company's life at a meeting of the Federal Reserve. When
the government refuses a bail-out, Bretton James (Josh Brolin), a partner at the
powerful investment bank, Churchill Schwartz, arranges a takeover of Keller
Zabel for a fraction of its worth.
Now deeply in debt himself, his employment at risk, and suffering the loss of
his mentor, Jake attends a lecture at Fordham University given by Gordon Gekko,
who is promoting his new book, Is Greed Good? Gekko's speech describes how greed
is no longer just good - it's legal - and how a malignancy in the financial
system, with its rampant speculation and leveraged debt, will doom the U.S.
Unbeknownst to Winnie, Jake seeks out Gekko and offers to help facilitate a
rapprochement with his daughter, while Gekko offers Jake information as to why
Louis Zabel was betrayed by his fellow bankers. An alliance is thus formed in
order for Jake to avenge Keller Zabel's fall, and to help Gekko rebuild a
relationship with Winnie. But has Gekko truly shed his reptilian skin?