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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Updated on February 6, 2014

Is Greed Ever Justified?

What is the definition of insanity? One could say that the definition of a insanity is doing the exact same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. However, if that's true, then aren't we all crazy then? Maybe not all at once, but maybe at different times if that's the case. Therefore, wouldn't our capitalistic society be deemed crazy then? After all, there's no secret that our stock markets have crashed various times throughout our history. Sure, you can argue that we've always managed to pull out of it before, but the results are hardly different, as the cycle continuously repeats itself. Where the most ruthless and cut throat businessman can make it ahead in Wall Street, while the honest man gets left in the dust. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) argues that greed is good, and it's the foundation of our economy. Is that true? Is greed actually good for society? If so, where does the sense of morality and humanity fit in within a world consumed by power and greed?

Set a little over two decades since the last movie, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is about a young up and coming Wall Street player a named Jake Moore (Shia LeBeouf), who works as a stockbroker, while moon lighting as a corporate CEO for an alternative energy source company. Unfortunately due to a series of events, his long time mentor commits suicide when the stress of losing his company gets to him, as a savvy investor moves in and forces him out.

As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, Jake 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 Jake's mentor. Unfortunately for Jake, Gordon has other priorities in mind outside of rekindling things with his daughter, Jake's fiancé. Now, I won't say what happens next, as I wouldn't want to ruin the film. However, for those wondering if Gordon Gekko is a changed man or if he learned anything about life from losing it all, at the end of the last film, to becoming rich again, then all I can tell you is that you'll have to watch the movie to find out.

Trust me, it's worth it. The way the story is set up, it has it leading towards one way to where you'll think you have Gordon figured out, but he does the complete opposite that shocks you. Like the last movie, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is a powerful film about the dangers of capitalism, corporate greed, while begging to ask the eternal question...."In world consumed by greed, where does humanity and compassion come into play?" Back in the eighties, the first "Wall Street" played on that concept quite beautifully, as corporate greed dominated Wall Street during that era of our society. Therefore, it seems only fitting that the sequel shows the consequences of that same corporate greed within today's struggling economy.

As some of you can tell by now, I did like this movie a lot. In fact, I thought Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf worked extremely well together. Although if I had some major gripes about this movie, that I'm sure casual viewers won't notice, but they're worth noting. One, being the relationship between Jake and Gordon, as it comes off being too eerily similar to the relationship between Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) and Gordon Gekko's relationship in the last movie. Sure, there's a few scenario changes here and there regarding the factor of Gordon's daughter being involved, and how the evil corporate prick is actually Bretton James (Josh Brolin) this time around, but it still feels eerily similar. Although I will admit, Josh plays a pretty good jerk.

Another problem I had was the reappearance and explanation of what happened to Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), from the last movie. Don't get me wrong, I understand with this being a sequel, they wanted to put some closure towards that character, but I preferred the mystery. If anything, the self proposed new closure to Bud Fox's life not only has nothing to do with the main story of the sequel, it contradicts the powerful morally driven ending that made the last film so potently deep. As for his daughter...where the hell did she come from? In the last movie, he didn't have a daughter, but he did have a son. Oh well. I guess they can always justify it, as Gordon's family was rarely in the last film to begin with.

Outside of those few gripes, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is a powerful emotional film that speaks true about the corporate greed of our modern society, while begging to ask the eternal question...."Where is our sense of humanity and compassion within this world consumed by greed?" Definitely worth a three out of four, as Oliver Stone manages to once again present a powerful film about our modern times, as only he can.

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    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      6 years ago

      Every precious moment in life is a valuable commodity that we should cherish, and never waste, as any one of us can go at any time. Anyway, thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us.

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      Buk080808 

      6 years ago

      "Time is the most valuable commodity."..... Right i should invest to it.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      6 years ago

      Thanks. I'm glad you think so. :)

    • jeremytorres profile image

      jeremytorres 

      6 years ago

      Great article.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      6 years ago

      It's not? Wow, I didn't even know that. I guess you learn something new everyday. Thanks for telling me. I guess they might've changed it for more dramatic effect, or to help it fall more in line with the movie's main theme. Oh well. anyway, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us, and for stopping by.

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      raerae 

      6 years ago

      At the beginning of this when it says the quote that is "in the movie" its not all said right...but this is an amazing movie

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      I appreciate you bringing that up, but the point I was trying to make was that in the last movie they made no mention that he even had a daughter to begin with, so i was surprised to see he had one in this movie; which was what I was trying to point out. However, I appreciate you reminding me about that anyway, as I did forget the explanation of what happened to his son, so that's very generous of you. Anyways, thanks for sharing you're thoughts with us, and feel free to stop by again anytime. :)

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      Jr 

      7 years ago

      Yeah he did have a son but, as they explained numerous times in the sequel, he died of an overdose. Which is a big reason as to why Gekko's daughter hates him.... She blames him for her brothers death.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      thanks malcolm. glad liked it. i hope you enjoy the movie when you see it.

    • Malcolm_Cox profile image

      Malcolm_Cox 

      7 years ago from Newcastle, England

      great review - im going out to rent it!

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Your welcome Bob. I'm glad I could help. Hope you like the movie just as well once you see it.

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      Bob 

      7 years ago

      I missed this in the theaters, but can't wait to catch it on DVD. Your review has got me so excited, I think I'll watch the original tonight on my Netflix. Nice post!

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Thanks iamdorisztt. I appreciate you saying that. I hope you like the movie when you see it, and thanks again for stopping by and reading my hub. :)

    • iamdorisztt profile image

      iamdorisztt 

      7 years ago

      Wow~ Your review is awesome! I haven't watched the movie yet, but the name and the theme of the movie are very appealing to me. Hopefully this is a worth watching movie.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      okay, thanks.

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      neo89x 

      7 years ago from Colombo, sri lanka

      Cool ...good luck to you.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      @paradise7 and fullerman5000

      Thanks guys. I appreciate the compliments. :)

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      Ryan Fuller 

      7 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Thanks for this review. I just might have to check this movie out.

    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Cool review, thank you, and I find this movie well worth watching, too.

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