Ever wondered what happens to those hundreds of millions of dollars that are wiped away when a company crashes on the stock market?
Well so does Kyle Budwell (O’Connell) who has just lost $60 000 in a ‘safe as houses’ investment that went bad.
Encouraged to invest his life savings by a smug, almost evangelical TV host Lee Gates (Clooney), whose weekly show is a mixture of so-called sound financial advice, quirky sound bytes, tacky, shiny costumes and a pair of dancing-girls, Kyle storms the studio and holds Gates and the production team hostage.
He has lost everything and wants answers, not just for himself but for everyone who watches Gates and follows his advice. So all this drama is being played out on live television.
When it all starts, you get the impression nobody is really taking it all seriously. Gates is arrogant enough to think he can talk his way out of it. His producer Patti (Roberts) is a little more concerned and tries to handle the situation as swiftly as she can but you know ‘PR disaster’ are the words echoing in her mind as she clears the studio of her crew and tries to wrangle Gates into not getting himself killed.
The cops show up, the crowds show up and a full-blown live TV event begins. But Kyle will not be placated and wants answers.
When Diane Lester (Balfe), the communications officer for the company at the heart of the drama, starts speaking and the usual rhetoric starts to sound like bullshit, even to the jaded Gates, the movie starts to get very interesting. Something does not seem right and even Gates wants answers.
The villain is no longer the bad guy and Kyle is no longer some dumb schmuck wanting his 15 minutes because he made a bad decision. The movie is now a whodunnit as the roles change swiftly and often.
While not a tense thriller, although it gives more than a passing nod to John Q and Dog Day Afternoon, this movie is more than a drama. It holds it’s pace well and there are enough twists and turns to keep you wanting more. It has a touch of the conspiracy theory about it which appealed to me on many levels. (Watch Zeitgeist on Netflix….. that’s all I’m saying)
I liked this movie very much and if you enjoy a not to tense thriller/not to dramatic drama with some fine performances and a script that is as much a reflection on modern society than it is anything else, this is a movie for you.
3 1/2 stars
Love Sue-Ellen xx
Director : Jodie Foster
Starring : George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Chris Bauer
Running Time : 98 minutes
Release Date : June 2