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09.23.2010 - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a 2010 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone.

It is a sequel to the 1987 film Wall Street, and the first sequel Stone has done to any of his films. Michael Douglas reprises his Academy Award-winning role of Gordon Gekko and Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, and Frank Langella also star in the film. Charlie Sheen reprises his role as Bud Fox in a brief cameo appearance.

Set in New York City, the film takes place 23 years after the original, revolving around the 2008 financial crisis.

The film's plot mainly centers around the reformed Gekko acting as more of an antihero rather than a villain and follows his attempts to help Wall Street before its soon-to-be stock market crash as well as trying to repair his relationship with his daughter Winnie with the help of Jacob, Winnie's fiance. In return, Gekko helps Jacob get revenge on the man he blames for his mentor's death...

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The film's story and screenplay were written by Bryan Burrough, Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff. The film was produced by Stone, Douglas, Edward R. Pressman, co-produced by Eric Kopeloff and executive produced by Alessandro Camen, Celia D. Costas, and Alex Young. On September 9, 2009, the film began principal photography in New York and finished filming on November 30, 2009.

Despite originally having a tentative February 2010 release date, before being moved to a release date of April 23, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps was released theatrically on September 24, 2010 worldwide.

The movie had a red carpet press media screening at the Greenbelt 3 Cinema on September 23, 2010 courtesy of local distributors of 20th Century Fox.

How Is Greed Good?

Anyone who was born to see the original film 1987 how malignant, and evil Gordon Gekko would
be enticed to find that the man you know is more than Bud Fox's nightmare. But you don't need to see Wall Street just to get familiarize with Money Never Sleeps as the movie stand on its own.

Mostly the story now revolves on Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) and the world which Gordon Gekko have not seen while in jail for seven years. Though history repeats itself this story is also about Gordon Gekko the antihero. Who is trying bring back his connection to his estranged daughter Winnie Gekko (Carey Mulligan).

The movie receives a PG-13 rating compared to the original with steamy scenes from Charlie Sheen and Darryl Hannah that lights up the Empire State Building. Speaking of Gekko's and Bud Fox story here we see closure. watch the scene between his former protege from the first movie.

Not to divulge further on this sequel its less technical with how stock market is being run. This movie has a lot of Easter eggs and reference to the first film, that if you've seen the first one its like going back where you left off. There where a couple in-jokes from the first film that you would recall. But overall if you just see this just now you won't get lost as this was driven story-wise direct on the characters.

Though a lot would give a negative credit, that its not entirely written about the economic downturn and taken the safe side of commercialism. As the movie was "take it easy" for viewers not to be engulfed with too much issues that happened between 2008 & 2009, where the market almost crashed. In which a lot of people lost their jobs.

The Verdict

Call it nostalgia for one of those 80s movies that got a sequel, but this one really had stood on its own. I respectfully give this a perfect 5 out of 5 for its well written story and an ensemble cast. Gordon Gekko is back on top and you should buy his book to get a dose and ask why Is Greed Good?

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