US Release Date: 5/13/16
George Clooney believes the world of money has gotten out of control. When things go wrong, he says, no one really understands what it is that has gone awry. As a result, the everyday person, in his words, “gets screwed.”
Clooney’s character is Lee Gates – a sharp talking high profile stock picker – who happens to host the titular Money Monster, a TV show which allows him to dish out trading tips – all with the assistance of hot looking women, as well as sound effects and studio props.
It’s all smooth sailing for Gates, but things change when Jack O Connell’s Kyle Budwell, an investor with a massive axe to grind, hijacks a broadcast of Money Monster and holds the host hostage on live TV.
Budwell’s problem with Gates stems from the TV host’s decision to dish out overly hyped stock predictions on a company called Ibis Clear Capital. Budwell swallowed his advice, but lost everything when its stock quickly headed south.
Meanwhile, Julia Roberts plays Patty Fenn, Gates’ producer, who, in a desperate attempt to prevent events from spiralling out of control, is speaking to Gates, whose sole priority is to remain alive, through his earpiece. As things move forward, however, both Gates and Finn become increasingly sympathetic to Budwell’s plight.
“The only thing he has in the world suddenly disappears into thin air, and he doesn’t know how it happened,” says O’Connell. “Kyle can’t accept that. He can’t accept that he did everything right, and yet, he’s supposed to just walk away. Kyle refuses to accept failure and move on – instead, he chooses to fight back.”
So is Kyle a villain? O’Connell, who says it would be easy to hang that label on the character, believes a harrowing series of events pushed this person beyond breaking point.
“What Kyle has done is out of desperation, and my hope in portraying him is that will come to understand what drives him to the breaking point – though he’ll pay the ultimate price for his actions.”
Foster echoes O’Connell’s thoughts and believes Budwell is “all heart” – despite what she calls his “rash, emotional decisions.”
“Kyle is, at times, unstable and hard to take. But, there are other moments where he’s just a little boy, and you want to put your arms around him, and tell him it’s going to be okay.”
Studio: Tristar Pictures
Director: Jodie Foster
Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, and Giancarlo Esposito
Screenwriters: by Jamie Linden and Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf with a story by Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf.
Producers: Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov
Executive Producers: Kerry Orent, Tim Crane, Regina Sculley and Ben Waisbren
(L) to (R|) Jack O’ Connell & George Clooney
Atsushi Nishijima – ©2016 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.
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