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George Clooney and Jack O'Connell in Money Monster, A ReviewMoney Monster is a slightly above average crime thriller with an interesting but mild twist of a story.

The film is directed by Jodie Foster and stars George Clooney as Lee Gates, a slightly extravagant television money analyst who is more about the ratings than some of the content he delivers. Imagine if you will, Howard Stern being a television financial analyst with his showmanship attached to it. Yea, there you go. But this mode of how Gates delivers information gets him in a bit of hot water with one viewer (played by Jack O’Connell) who takes something Gates says to heart, invests his entire savings in a stock, only to lose it all on the venture.

The man shows up during a live telecast and takes Gates and his production crew hostage with a gun and a vest bomb strapped to Gates. After that Gates and his producer, Patty (played by Julia Roberts) works at figuring out how to diffuse the situation and this highly irritated fan.

George Clooney movies.

This is the oddest character that I’ve seen Clooney play. His characters are usually more serious and in control of their realm, but this one, though smart within his realm of finances, exudes less of a dominating mindset and more of a hopeful personality when he’s not on camera in his finance show. He’s more a product of his extravagant production values than the power of his knowledge. Throughout the film, he maintains this flimsy character positioning, where he knows what he’s talking about, but he just does not feel like he believes himself. That alone is pretty impressive as far as roles go.

Roberts plays his no-nonsense producer, which falls right within her skill set as an actor. She is the backbone of the secondary story.

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