Money Monster [2016] ★★½

moneymonstersmall“Money Monster” is far from being original, but it’s filled with Oscar winners (on and off the camera) and just the right dose of humor and satire to make it worth watching. George Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a financial TV host who finds himself in a hostage situation when an angry investor shows up at his studio during a live shoot with a gun and an explosive jacket. That’s cue for director Jodie Foster to throw in as many suspenseful moments as possible. Sometimes she succeeds. Other times she doesn’t. In her fourth film behind the cameras, Foster tries to aim as high as last year’s “The Big Short” with issues related to the financial system and the greedy people involved in it. She also knows how to trust her main actors, including Julia Roberts as Gates’ energetic director. But at heart, the movie is an entertaining action thriller that shows its age towards the climax, despite a solid performance from Clooney and the rest of the cast.

Rating: 2.5/4

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  1. It was very very entertaining, but couldn’t help but notice how the direction was a bit sloppy that it even affected the way the actors carried themselves at several instances.

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