Monsters on Wall Street!??

It’s T.G.I.F. again and I’m like wow, where did the year go? Is it me or does the year seem to be running faster than the previous ones? Sure hope that we haven’t forgotten our resolution at the beginning of the year to turn our dreams into realities. Thinking we may have to do another progress evaluation quite soon.

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This weekend, I think we should try another genre, we’ve done more of sci fis, adventure, fantasy films. Can’t blame us, they’re the box office likes. So, its a thriller for today and one that stars two of my favourite acts Julia Roberts  (the girl next door, with huge smile) and George Clooney and it’s called Monster Money. A 2016 American action thriller film directed by Jodie Foster and written by Alan Di FioreJim Kouf and Jamie Linden. It also stars Jack O’Connell, Giancarlo EspositoDominic West and Caitriona Balfe.

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The story was altered from its original script and inspired by the stock market glitch and crash of Cynk Technologies. In “Monster MoneyLee Gates (George Clooney), a TV financial guru, who advises his audience on commerce and Wall Street, gives a tip, advising them to buy IBIS Clear Capital’s stock. However, the stock crashes, due to a glitch in a trading algorithm, costing investors $800 million. In the midst of airing the latest edition of his show, “Money Monster”, Gates is forcefully taken hostage and interrogated by Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), a grief-stricken bankrupt viewer who lost his money due to that tip.

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The film was released by Sony Pictures Entertainment through TriStar Pictures on May 13, 2016. In North America, the film was projected to gross $10–12 million from 3,104 theaters in its opening weekend. The film grossed $600,000 from its early Thursday night previews and $5 million on its first day. It went on to gross $14.8 million in its opening weekend, beating expectations and finishing 3rd at the box office behind Captain America: Civil War ($72.6 million) and The Jungle Book ($17.1 million).

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As of June 30, 2016, Money Monster has grossed $40.6 million in North America and $46.6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $87.2 million, against a budget of $27 million. Nicely done!

Despite its box office success, Money Monster received mixed reviews from critics (what else is new?) On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 57%, based on 227 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Money Monster‘s strong cast and solidly written story ride a timely wave of socioeconomic anger that’s powerful enough to overcome an occasionally muddled approach to its worthy themes.” Hope you guys understand some of the terms being thrown around there? Lol! On Metacritic, the film has a score of 55 out of 100, based on 44 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “B+” on an A+ to F scale.”

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Well, I thought it was pretty entertaining and enlightening.  And O’Connell gives a convincing enough performance of grief stricken, average citizen who thought to make the quick buck but got his hopes dashed instead. Enlightening in the sense that “Monster Moneygives a great insight into the workings of the capital market and commodities trading, which may not be as pure as some poor chaps have be made to believe.  Considering how many of those poor chaps have been ripped-off by the stock market, the film does send a worthy message. And for keeping someone like moi, who tends to get bored by too much financial talk, occupied for the movie duration; I say job well done. So, it’s a must watch for us guys!

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It’s a wrap for today, but I haven’t forgotten that Jollyhood did promise you loads of goodies this year, so you wanna stay tuned on. Once again, thanks for sending in your comments. Lara got your info on Spiderman reboots. Will be sure to check it out. Please do keep the coments coming. You never know, there might just be a prize in there for best commenteers (if’s there’s such a word). Remember for us “it’s all about the movies”, so don’t stop watching. Cheerio!

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