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Money Monster

Money Monster

USA 2016 - mit George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O`Connell ...

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Originaltitel:Money Monster
Regie:Jodie Foster
Produktionsland:USA 2016
Laufzeit:Approx. 99 min.
FSK:From 12 years
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Lee Gates (George Clooney) is the moderator of the successful financial show MONEY MONSTER. As he has the reputation of being a true financial genius, many viewers trust his investment tips. And it is not uncommon for them to make a substantial profit with it. But then a high-tech stock, which Gates had praised as an absolutely safe investment tip, mysteriously crashes and investors lose millions. Among them is the simple worker Kyle (Jack O'Connell), who lost all his savings due to the drop in the share price. And he doesn't want to take that so easily. During a live broadcast he stormed the MONEY MONSTER studio and took Gates, his producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) and the rest of the crew hostage. He wants answers to the questions that nobody in the media dares to ask. And if he doesn't get them, he's ready to blow himself, Gates and the others up. A desperate race for time and truth begins - and everything live on air…

With her latest directorial work "Money Monster", Jodie Foster dares to enter the difficult arena of the international financial market. Stock market transactions, the financial crisis, computer algorithms developed for the financial market - these are not necessarily topics that have made great cinema entertainment. It is a challenge to explain very complex facts in an understandable way, even for lay people, and to integrate them into a story that is exciting and entertaining, but at the same time can stimulate the intellect. That's exactly what Foster did very well with her film. George Clooney's character serves to bring the complicated facts closer to the audience in a way that is easy to understand, which he also manages very well with a lot of humor and a bit of bite. And whenever he threatens to drift too much into incomprehensible technical jargon, there is the simple man from the street who points a gun at him and forces him to explain to him damn well how it can happen that a supposedly so safe stock could fall so low.

What is revealed may be fictitious - but it is far from unrealistic. There are many aspects of the story that reflect the everyday life in the financial markets very well, which actually only causes one thing in the viewer: Anger! But Foster can also counteract this with a few well-placed tricks. Because although "Money Monster" is first and foremost a thriller, there are also many humorous elements, such as the word fights between Gates and Patty or a running gag in the truest sense of the word for one of the show's producers. This loosens up the stirring subject matter a bit, which in turn leads to the entertainment value of the film going up considerably.

Although the story and its course are more conventional and predictable at their core, Foster manages very well to counteract the expectations of the audience a couple of times and still manage to provide some surprises. Because of the decision to tell the story in real time, the narrative tempo is also extremely stirring, minor weaknesses hardly matter. And so the movie offers really good entertainment with an almost perfect ending. Because after the big showdown there is a moment, which with extremely biting cynicism perfectly sums up the media and social criticism of the film in a few seconds and thus actually sets the ideal final point. Unfortunately, an unnecessary epilogue is applauded to this moment, which is not only very predictable, but also annoyingly kitschy, and which also weakens the effect of the previous scene. This may prevent Money Monster from saying goodbye to its viewers in the best possible way. But even this weak scene can't prevent the film from becoming a first-class financial thriller with great actors and an outstanding staging. Therefore: Absolutely worth seeing!    

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