Investing in the stock market is a risky business but that doesn’t stop us from doing it. It is like a gamble at the casino that we hope will pay off. However, in case of failure the amount lost is often very significant. Whose fault is it then when things go wrong? The movie Money Monster brings about a very interesting debate on this question.

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A surprising thriller.

Lee Gates (George Clooney) seems like he’s got it all. In front of the cameras every day, he appears to know what he is talking about. He is a wealthy celebrity and people are influenced accordingly. Indeed, the stock market is his world and his tips are listened to. However, when one of his safe bets turns out to crash because of a computer glitch, it means that a lot of people lost a lot of money. 

Lee lives in his own world and doesn’t realize the consequences of his acts. It is all fun and games for him until he and his producer Patty (Julia Roberts) are put in an extreme situation on air. A man with a gun will remind them both that financial advice is no joking matter. They will have to work against the clock to unravel the truth and the mystery behind a world-wide conspiracy.

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This movie reminds us why George Clooney and Julia Roberts are such stars.

Both actors are perfect for the roles. They have an undeniable chemistry that only enhances the movie.

Lee Gates: What did I ever do to deserve such a loyal goddamn crew, Lenny?
Lenny (The Cameraman): Not much.

Directed by Jodie Foster, Money Monster is fast paced and heart racing. It touches modern issues and that’s what I liked most about it. Stock market films are usually difficult to understand but not this one. The only real question is: Who is the bad guy? Is it the big companies that play with our money or is it the people that will do anything to make them pay?

Enjoy.