Jodie Foster has delivered a pretty good little film. Now, the movie is not without its faults. It is a far fetched story, to say the least. It is highly unlikely that the events of this film would have gone anything like they do in this film. It’s not impossible, but it’s highly improbable. You can also that the movie is a vessel for the dissemination of information. That information being a critique on Wall Street, journalism, and the way the country works. The question is whether or not it accomplishes its goal of disseminating that information within the confines of its plot. For me, the answer to that question is “yes”.
In the movie, George Clooney plays a financial television host named Lee Gates. Lee gives a really bad bit of stock advice to his audience and the stock tanks in a very suspicious way. It’s clear that the excuse the CEO is giving makes no sense. So, one stockholder who loses everything (Jack O’Connell) decides to hold Lee hostage to see if he can get some answers. And answers he gets from the hard work of Lee’s producer Patty (Julia Roberts) and her team.
Yet, mostly the movie provides us with a series of discussions between an average guy named Kyle and the very rich television host. They discuss the rigged nature of the stock market, class warfare, and the way Lee’s television show manipulates for ratings instead of delivering journalism. It’s all heavy handed stuff, but it’s played with sincerity and it works. There is also a decent amount of levity provided between the serious examinations.
Most audiences will take this for what it is. Which is basically an answer to the government never holding anyone accountable for toying with share holder money. A lot of regular people lost a lot of money and it was considered perfectly legal. This movie just wants one of those Wall Street assholes to tell the people they screwed over that their wrong. It’s a simple quest, but it’s one that is highly entertaining and important.
In stores on Tuesday, September 6th.