VUE REVIEWS: Money Monster

This financial thriller intelligently blurs the lines between good and evil.

By Stefan Pape, reviewing from Vue Shepherd’s Bush

Every so often we're presented with a film that has a sole obligation to entertain; to adhere affectionately to the tropes of the thriller genre, and serve a purpose that ensures the viewer remains on the edge of their seat throughout. However where Jodie Foster's Money Monster differs to the likes of Phone Booth, Edge of Tomorrow and Source Code, is that the commitment to unrelenting entertainment is enriched by a pertinent, profound message that bubbles beneath the surface.

George Clooney (you may have heard of him) plays TV presenter Lee Gates, an enigmatic, charismatic host of a satirical finance show, alongside his friend and producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts). While preparing for an episode, they are put in a life-threatening, extreme situation when a disillusioned investor, Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell), takes Lee hostage with a gun to his head and an important political statement on the tip of his tongue. Broadcast live to millions of viewers, the breathtaking set of events unravel in front of the public's eyes as Kyle demands an answer from a shady CEO named Walt Camby (Dominic West) as to why his company IBIS have recorded a $800m loss, and left him in a spot of bother.
Money Monster
This real-time fast-paced endeavour is certain to capture the imaginations of all who witness it, as a sensationalist narrative that is grounded by its relevant themes, using the recent economic crash, and the duplicity of bankers as a foundation for this film to thrive off. George Clooney is as engaging and charming as ever, while Julia Roberts turns in yet another fine display.

O'Connell also proves his worth in Hollywood, showing off his adept capabilities in portraying an unhinged, volatile character while also injecting a sense of subtlety that makes for such a human creation, amidst the surreal set of events he's become embroiled in.

Money Monster intelligently blurs the line between good and evil without any palpable hero or villain, as we find ourselves rooting for the little guy, sympathising with the character framed as the antagonist of this piece. It's elements such as this which make for such a worthwhile cinematic experience, and proves that Jodie Foster is as much of a force behind the camera as she has always been in front of it.

You’ll love Money Monster if you enjoy entertaining cinema, and dislike people who steal money from the public.

See Money Monster with your parents, let them see the precarious state of society for young people and watch on as your Christmas presents get more guilt-ridden and expensive than usual.

Meet with friends before the film at Zizzi, in honour of the great George Clooney and his love for all things Italian.

After the film, head to The Bull, and have a glass of wine or two. You may just need it.

For a quiet place to untangle a conspiracy theory, have a nice sit down on Shepherds Bush Green. Take it out on the money monsters of the world by indulging in a relaxing and, most importantly, zero-cost activity.