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On-Camera Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

by Eric Melin on September 24, 2010

in Video Reviews

Here’s my video review of Oliver Stone’s‘s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” from KTKA-49.

23 years ago slimy corporate raider Gordon Gekko became one of the most iconic movie characters of the 1980s when Michael Douglas—who won a Best Actor for playing him—famously said: “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”

In the first “Wall Street,” Gekko ended up in jail, which nowadays seems like a lot of wishful thinking. The timing for this new sequel—subtitled “Money Never Sleeps”—couldn’t be more deadly. And who better than Oliver Stone to shine a harsh light on our current financial situation and still tell an accessible, entertaining story?

Well, it turns out: maybe anybody.

Stone’s film tries to be too many things at once and fails at all of them. It’s not a convincing family drama, it’s not a compelling rise-and-fall story, the main characters’ redemption seems completely forced, the plot twists are painfully obvious to everyone but the people onscreen, it has a sluggish pace, the speeches are preachy, it offers no real insight into the current financial collapse, and worst of all—it’s dreadfully boring.

The message Stone is sending with this movie isn’t hard to understand: If we don’t change the things at the core of our financial system, we’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes with bigger consequences.

Thing is, I didn’t have to watch a cinematic icon tarnish his reputation for over two hours to figure that out. I can just watch the news.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of and writes for The Pitch. He’s former President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop Love . He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rick O'shea October 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Wow…. had Stone hit the mark as much as this review, he could have had something. Bravo to you sir… you are right on point!


2 Eric Melin October 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Ha ha–thanks, Rick! I think if people want to look at a more compelling case of modern capitalism at work, they should check out “The Social Network,” which in one week made “Wall Street 2” seem even more irrelevant.


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