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Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps

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As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor.
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Love the sequel to the classic movie
Love the sequel to the classic movie

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love this movie
love this movie i thinke the acting was good i wish they would make a part 3 shay le buaf does a great job i also think the movie does a good job depickting how wall street is greedy and cut throat you get to see a glimpse of that in this movie

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Decent movie
From what I see at other reviews I must be one of the few that actually liked this sequel movie. Although the story plot isn't amazing there are couple of things that imho make it worth watching. I especially enjoyed Charlie Sheen showing up with two blond chicks in a "Two and a half man" tv show style :)

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great wallstreet flick
Actualyl really loved this movie. Heard alot of criticism about it but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! Michael Douglas is superb. If you are into financials, it is a must see

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Expect less to appreciate more
Before going to see Wall Street 2 in the cinemas, i decided i would refresh my mind and watch the first episode, released in 1987. Well i probably shouldn't have, because i didn't appreciate this movie as much as the first one, or maybe my expectations were just too high.

The movie ended rather quickly, leaving you with some unanswered questions, which seem to be linked to a lack of budget.

Even so, the movie was entertaining and Shia LaBeouf makes you feel that with some hard work and some talent you can definitely place a foot in the door of the wall street firms.

Expect less to appreciate more

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Started Out a Potential Hit Which Then Veered and Misfired
Good thing I am yet to watch the original 1987 Wall Street. Based on the other reviews, my opinion of Money Never Sleeps would have been adversely affected if I had. As it is, without the comparison, it is not a bad movie, not a good movie, merely average fare.

Started out very well and I was looking forward to a gun-a-blazin' Wall Street ride, but 30 mins in it became apparent it wasn't going to be. It veered off into firstly plain sentimentality, then into mere un-fun shallow silliness.

Poor plot aside, my main bug-bear would be the absolutely horrendously mis-casting of Shia Le Boeuf. Shia unfailingly appears like a 16 year-old stand-in while the "real" actor is away - a 16 year-old trying to play the role of a hard-driving money man - poorly, unconvincingly and plainly laughable. He is good for Transformers, but I have no idea why there is this continuous attempt to cast him as a man's man in a variety of movies, when he is but merely a boy's boy.

Shia's silly presence cast a ridiculous and contrived pall over the whole proceedings.

I can imagine (since I have not seen the original) Charlie Sheen to be very well suited for his Bud Fox role (i.e. if I can get his Charlie Harper character out of my mind), and carrying the movie and the dynamics with Michael Douglas' Gordon Gekko into absorbing realistic territories - however, Charlie's uncredited brief and unnecessary cameo in the current movie as Bud Fox trivializes the character and should have been left at the cutting floor.

What a waste... could have been that much better.... if I am now to see the original perhaps I would wish this follow-up was never made. As it is, this is a very average 'boy pretending hard to be a man' sort of well-shot but not very well-scripted, neither-here-nor-there movie.

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okay
Sequels rarely come out of a comparison looking good - and this one's no exception. The original Wall Street was a classic on several planes, but "Never Sleeps" just isn't.

Douglas, as usual, gives a strong and perceptive performance: he is backed up by the rest of the cast. The acting throughout is good.

So are the camera-work, the lighting, the sets and the locations.

The problem is in the direction: at 133 minutes this film doesn't have the meat to fill the time out. Twenty minutes could be cut and there would be little effect on the storytelling, there's so little of it. Visual metaphors come in chunks and, yes - we *do* get them. It's just that they don't advance the action: it's almost as if we've suddenly turned up at a powerpoint presentation.

And what on earth possessed Stone to spend so much time on aerial shots of the city? This isn't a travelogue, for God's sake. And exactly why is a slightly competitive motorbike ride brought into it? Because a couple of bikes happened to be available and the trees were turning? This is year 12 film club stuff, Oliver.

I gave this movie four out of ten, but, thinking about it i have come back to edit my review to a three. I'd better stay clear of IMDb or we could end up with one.....

The general feeling of drift was, for me, not exactly helped by a pretty ordinary soundtrack. Some of the dialogue is indistinguishable from the background track and, at times, the score is also a hindrance rather than a necessary part of the experience.

I have had to walk out of several films this last year: there are so few movies being made that justify anything like the moolah being spent on them. I stayed to the bitter end of "Never Sleeps" and will give it a generous four - but it won't be on my DVD Christmas list.

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No business just a story
I did not like this movie at all! I was expecting a movie more related to business and then everything comes down to a "cute" story.

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Had the potential, but never came close to reaching it
One of the reasons WS 1 was so popular was because it featured some intense trading scenes that anyone in finance can relate to. Oliver Stone probably over thought the script for WS 2, because there were too many drama points that didn't make the average viewer want to care. In addition, there are only scattered trading scenes that did not go into enough detail. I was hoping that they would devote a significant part of the story to high frequency trading, because that was one of the more important topics within the industry (when the film was being created).

While I thought the movie was good, I probably would not think that if I did not major in finance, and I would not expect the average person to enjoy the movie. My dad is a pharmacist, and he said the drama wasn't good enough to make him care about the story even though he follows the market in his spare time.

Shia Labeouf was a horrible choice for the lead role, and trying to compare his performance to Sheen's is an insult to one of his finest works. Carey Mulligan was not horrible as Gecko's daughter, but I am sure dozens of others would have fit the role better. Michael Douglas was the only savior for the film, because his storyline is the only interesting part of the movie.

Overall it was impossible to top WS 1, but due to the complex boredom of the storyline I only recommend watching the movie if you are very familiar with the finance industry.

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Ending Ruined Everything
I could fill an entire review on how much I hated the last half of the movie, especially the ending. However, I won't waste your time. Here is how the movie breaks down. It starts out great with a lot of drama about modern-day financial markets. It does a great job of condensing how crazy everyone on Wall Street is by being over exposed and leveraged. Gordon Gekko, after getting out of a several year-long jail sentence, is portrayed as the wise, old man compared to chaos he sees in the finance industry. So at first glance I thought this was going to be a great follow-up to the original "Wall Street."

But then the movie takes a turn and becomes less about finance, stock markets, and trading and just a relationship drama. The movie is reduced to "boy trying to win back girl." Wall Street, the financial collapse of 2008, and all the back room financial dealings no longer take center stage as the movie just focuses on people's relationships with each other. And while there might be a message in this turn of events like, "relationships are more important than money," this is Wall Street! I wanted to see a movie that shows the drama behind the stock market and instead I got a romantic flick. There is dramatic gold to be found in the financial events of 2008, but I guess it will be another director who will cash in because Oliver Stone surely did not.

Do yourself a favor, watch the first part of the movie and then turn it off after you hear the phrase, "Gordon Gekko is back." That makes a better ending.

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