Benjamin Maio Mackay
Money Monster - 4 Stars
Jodie Foster’s brilliant direction makes this film shine.
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 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.
The script is brilliant, though is does have some weaker elements - such as the police’s interaction with the hostage. Jodie’s direction helps realise some of the weaker sections and keep the tension throughout the whole film. Her clever use of music, angles and close-ups make this film the brilliant film it is.
Clooney and Roberts shine, this unlikely duo works brilliantly. Overall, however, O’Connell’s’ performance is the stand-out - this is his best work so far. The intensity isn't that of Eye in the Sky, but it is a great night out.
Overall a solid movie, with tremendous direction and a strong cast.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas