Released by 20th Century Fox
Release Date: September 24th, 2010
Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan
Written by Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff
Directed by Oliver Stone
Rated PG-13 (brief strong language and thematic elements)
This is, of course, the sequel to the 1987 hit Wall Street. That movie is remembered for winning Michael Douglas an Oscar and giving the 80's its own catchphrase, Greed is Good. That movie was pretty good. The sequel is not.
So we are introduced to Shia Lebeouf. He is a day trader (I think) who is trying to raise money for a fusion plant in California. But then Josh Brolin comes in and starts spreading BS rumors about the company that Lebeouf works for, so he can buy the company for cheap.
Watching this new Wall Street I got to thinking about how pointless this whole movie is. There is no reason to go back and revisit Gordon Gekko and the stuff they show us in this movie about how much trouble we are in, is better documented in other movies.
I did not connect with any of the characters in this movie and could care less what they were doing. When Oliver Stone made the original Wall Street, the movie felt fresh and alive. Now, with this movie, Stone feels like he is on autopilot. Add to that an ending that stays true to none of the characters or actions that came before it, and you have yourself a true blue bad movie.