Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Film)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 October, 2010, 12:00am

The sequel to the 1987 movie Wall Street looks at the old-fashioned idea of what money can and cannot buy, with a predictable storyline based on greed.

In Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) has been to jail for securities fraud and money laundering. He is now free and wants everything - including money and fame - back, even at the expense of his relationship with his daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan).

It's hard to watch a father getting close to his daughter just for the money, even in a movie. But that is what director Oliver Stone wants to show you.

Winnie's fianc? Jake Moore (Shia LeBeouf), an up-and-coming trader, is no better.

He loves his girlfriend, but he lies to her to gain access to her money, hoping to use it for a green investment project that he thinks will make him a fortune.

The film is realistic in the way it reveals how human desires work: no matter what, it all comes down to the same principle - no matter how much we have, we always want more.

The three main characters all succeed in making their roles believable. The audience could have hoped for more than an ending that tries to resolve all conflicts in one simple scene. But, after all, this is just another Hollywood movie.