Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:07:35 GMT

Review: 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'

'Wall Street' sequel shows how greed can still be good

'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'

Oliver Stone was making a statement on the glibly money-hungry times when his 'Wall Street' came out in 1987 and, with it, the iconic figure of Gordon Gekko declaring that greed, for lack of a better word, was good.

Twenty-three years later, greed is still getting a lot of people into a lot of trouble. The entire country, in fact. And so Stone's latest, 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps', is the rare sequel that not only feels relevant but necessary.

Of course, his hindsight is 20/20. Everyone's is. But here, Stone takes the economic collapse of 2008 and places Gekko, played masterfully by Michael Douglas, returning to the role that earned him an Academy Award, in the middle of it. Having been released from federal prison after serving time for securities fraud, money laundering and racketeering, Gekko is now free to swim among even more dangerous sharks than he ever dreamed of being himself. The question becomes: How will he react? Will he use his shrewdness to try and beat them at their game, or will he actually have found a moral center during his time behind bars?

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