I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the new Big Bad of this decade is not some creature or spirit, but the nebulous concept of Financial Institutions. Pretty relevant, since the global economic crises have left many people penniless and ruined. Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” brilliantly ripped apart Wall Street and the greedy, unscrupulous big banks. Now, Jodie Foster is taking to the director’s chair to do the same. In “Money Monster”, she’s telling a more focused story though, with George Clooney’s financial “adviser” bearing the brunt of the everyman’s ire. Said everyman is played by Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”), while Julia Roberts plays a TV station producer. Foster has done some decent work as a director before (“The Beaver” is an underrated gem), and this material should provide ample opportunity to explore serious characterisation, something right in her wheelhouse.
Here’s some info on the film: “George Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (the titular “Money Monster”), and life, are taken hostage by an outraged gunman. As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show, uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. Said to be “taught and tense,” Money Monster unfolds in near real time. Roberts will play the producer, Nancy Fenn, while Jack O’Connell is Kyle Budwell, a blue collar man pushed to his limits who serves as the story’s antagonist.”
“Money Monster” premieres 13th May.