Money Monster is about Lee Gates and his TV producer Patty Fenn held hostage by an irate investor who loses his money. Lee Gates is a slick, flamboyant and bombastic TV personality who has a popular TV show about stock market and investing that made him a financial pundit and a Wall Street financial guru. An irate investor who loses money crashes his TV show after Lee hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes.
Small time investor Kyle Budwell took Lee Gates, all the TV crew including producer Patty Fenn hostage live on air watched by millions. Lee and Patty have to uncover the truth and lies behind the market crash of the stock Lee hawks in real time, live on air.
The movie is very entertaining and full of thrill from start to finish. The story is well written, easy to follow with a few hilarious moments and has an ending that is not predictable. The plot seems simple except for the financial dealings but the movie made it easy to follow and understand. It is a solid middle budget movie with a lot of tense scenes.
Great acting performance by Julia Roberts and George Clooney and both made a great pair but most of the supporting cast have lackluster performance and forgettable. Highlight scene came from the girlfriend of Kyle who berated him live on TV, what she said is unexpected.
Julia Roberts stars as producer Patty Fenn, George Clooney as the smug and flamboyant Lee Gates, Jack O’Connell as Kyle Budwell the hostage taker; directed by Jodie Foster and written by Alan DiFiore, Jamie Linden and Jim Kouf.
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