MONEY MONSTER (2016) Review
Directed by Jodie Foster
From acting in Panic Room and in Flight Plan, director Jodie Foster made something out of those thriller films she was involved in. Money Monster may not be an entirely fresh story but its treatment is something we hardly see these days. From the story of Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf, the film starts busy, what’s happening behind the cameras before a financial TV show airs, the drama and all. George Clooney stars in his own show, which is also titled “Money Monster.” He tells his audience which companies are the most likely to succeed for the next months in which the people can invest their money to thru stocks. But unfortunately, the numbers don’t reflect the future.
As its turning point arrives, the story begins to be engaging, to have its audience drive out their curiosity on what’s about to happen next. It’s quite suspenseful when something horrific opens as a possibility to the characters which makes it fun. Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Jack O’Connell handles every situations well, too well it feels too rehearsed., too staged. Not that it’s bad, it just doesn’t feel natural.
Money Monster is suspenseful at first and then, it gets to be fun in a weird way that the events are too ridiculous but you’ll still go on with it because everything turned out to be an event for the whole world to see. It gets some things right, but there’s something feels awkward.
The whole film is enjoyable. And the actors didn’t disappoint. Money Monster is a fine drama thriller that comes with comedy. It might not be for everyone but there’s something new and interesting to see here that might make a good conversation after watching it.
3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Money Monster” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide from Columbia Pictures. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.