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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Money Monster: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a host of a popular TV show called Money Monster and made him as the master guru of Wall Street.  However, after he promises a skyrocket win-win investment; the stock was affected by a glitch and crashes along with thousands of investors who believed in him. This causes a lot of trouble and pissed-off Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell). He storms inside the studio armed with a gun and a bomb and hostage everyone inside on live TV broadcast. Soon, Gates and his producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) must find a way to reveal the truth behind the mysterious glitch while trying to keep themselves alive.

Money Monster had a very interesting concept. However, the thrill and excitement never reached the top of its maximum potential. It came out short in providing the right spice to be a complete package. Still, the entire film is compelling with outstanding performances from its lead cast. The stars are committed in bringing up a spectacular show with Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Jack O'Connell leading the charge. It isn't hard for Academy Award Winners Clooney and Roberts working together. They already know the strengths of each other to deliver a well-rounded chemistry. Jack O'Connell also made his presence felt and mostly stole the spotlight from the two big stars.

It is good that it is a fast-paced film, and as it runs through a minimal 90 minutes; it never had a dull moment well, except for Clooney's ridiculous dance steps. It's really good in building the tension but just what I've said earlier, it needed more of it to stand out. The story is a bit flawed and feels staged, but you can't simply take away the effort to make this film entertaining.

Overall, Money Monster is a fun and enjoyable formulaic thriller. It had its moments but definitely lacked in impact to leave a mark.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Jack O'Connell

Directed by: Jodie Foster
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures PH
Opens May 25 in cinemas nationwide


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