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This week's reviewed movie is:
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps




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In this sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Gekko (played by Michael Douglas) has been released after eight years in prison for many assorted financial crimes and has gone from oil selling to selling snake oil, in the form of his self-help book called Is Greed Good.

This film shows the financial market in gruesome meltdown from 2008 onward to present times.

It's a tale of fathers and their surrogate sons and shady deals that unite them.

Although it's a little long and a bit slow, enjoy all the pulp-not-so-fiction.

The original Wall Street dealt with insider trading. This one deals with the bail out.

It's still ruthless men providing the greed, this time one who "cares" about the future of green utilities.

But a sequel is a sequel, and director Oliver Stone is just serving up another portion when America is already full.

There's nice camera work and graphics, but it's still the same old, same old, just different timing.

Perhaps his point is that we never learn.

One thing that was different about the movie and seemed strange was when the market on Wall Street crashed, empires were crumbling, worthy financial pillars are vanishing in a matter of hours, and yet none of it feels especially full of human interest.

The characters seemed to stand on the outside of the action, interested and sympathetic, but not much affected by the collapse.

The film gets off to what seems like a successful start, but fizzled out later.

The script didn't work for me.

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