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'Money Never Sleeps' - But You Will!
on 15 October 2015
It pains me to say this, it really does, but this is dreadful; shocking at times, and not in a good way. Overall, it's mostly just painfully dull and stagnant; you'll be bored stiff (unless there's something seriously seriously wrong with you...). Though the ridiculous last 20/30 mins has to hold its hand up as being the final nail to the coffin; absolutely ridiculous. A highly uninteresting snore of a story, which doesn't seem to make sense most of the times, rushes by with no real purpose or meaning, or character/plot development - there is no point to this film (other than for it being a sequel to a classic intended to, ironically, make lots of money and out of people's expense). And to add insult-to-injury, and it must be pointed, is the dreadful (dreadful!) use of editing/graphics that you'd normally only find accustomed to kids TV shows - including, in particular, a sequence where LaBeouf is sitting in a car and has a thought of previous goings-on, in which a little bubble suddenly pops up to the side of his head, showing us what he is thinking. Er..., what?? In fact, the way the whole film is shot is as if a cheap American cop drama - there's no richness to the picture; no artistic imprint or style. Completely void, which is in direct contrast to the brilliance of the original. Some of the selected music in the film, also, is pathetic, adding nothing whatsoever (it actually seems more suited to an episode of Sex & the City), and the characters, themselves, are just plain uninteresting and unrealistic (to not give it away, but the Carey Mulligan character has an inheritance to an exceedingly high amount of money, ridiculously high, in a Swiss bank-account, which she duly chooses to ignore - yeah, right... I guess that's being 'edgy'). Josh Brolin is the only actor with any real prominence, but the script is so lacking that his role just disappears as the film goes on, and his eventual demise has no validating grounds. Oliver Stone, once a great director, and an auteur in his own right, has fallen big time here; he really has; much like the once great Ridley Scott, both now just empty dinosaurs, living on their previous names/talent (hence why they keep being funded by investors to make rubbish, their 'fame', instead of doing the right thing and just stepping aside to promote younger/more hungrier talent). In fact, judging on this evidence, Stone couldn't direct s*** out of a sheep's arse. He really couldn't. Which is a sad note, and I mean that, if you consider this is a guy who once gave the world of cinema 'Platoon' and wrote the screenplay to 'Scarface'. Just do yourself a favour and avoid this. Stick with the 'Greed is Good' motif, not something you'd openly find me promoting too ready.