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Money Monster
金钱怪兽

Opening Date
13 May 2016
Rating
M18 Sexual Scene and Coarse Language
性相关画面及粗俗语言
Runtime
99 mins
Language
English with Chinese subtitles
Genre
Action, Thriller
Director
Jodie Foster
Cast
Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Jack O'Connell, Caitriona Balfe
Synopsis
In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an explosive situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O’Connell) forcefully takes over their studio.

During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today's fast-paced, high-tech global markets.
Reviews
By Flora  13 May 2016
A gripping hostage thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seats.
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Directed by Jodie Foster, the film presents an intense story of a hostage situation that unfolds in a TV station during a live broadcast of Lee Gates’s (George Clooney) finance programme, ‘Money Monster’. His show producer-director and long-time friend Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) controls the flow of the live program through a control room, behind the studio. 

What seems like another day of filming quickly turns into a hostage situation when an unregistered delivery boy, Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) barges in with a gun and a bomb vest. Holding host Lee hostage, he tries to get answers from the company that had their stock’s value plummeted when $800 million disappeared overnight. Kyle was one of the many victims of this supposedly ‘glitch’ where he lost all his money, all $60,000 in investments which Lee swore on his programme that it was a sure deal.

As the drama in the studio unfolds, broadcast live to the world, cops and negotiators surround the building, waiting for a window of opportunity to save the hostage and capture the enforcer. 

Money Monster is the latest addition to a slew of Wall-Street drama films like the recent The Big Short and ’99 Homes’. While it does offer a more intense drama-filled plot compared to a documentary-like narrative, it plays out nicely, providing a subtle message of the balance of truth and lies from finance giants and its high-profile market. 

It is to Foster’s credit for the film’s intensity and tensions doesn’t dip, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats as the events unfolds in almost real time. Edited between cuts of studio shots where the hostage situation happens, and the ‘outside’ condition, audience are given a broad spectrum of the entire picture, with pockets of controversy and doubts that keep viewers wanting more. The humour and unexpected surprise, such as Kyle’s girlfriend, add a degree of intensity and entertainment to its overall tone. 

Money Monster essentially presents a hostage thriller film that one expects from, with added layers of wit and suspense, all mixed into a decently-satisfying weekend mood-lifter. 
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