MONEY MONSTER

★★★

Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Chris Bauer
Directed by Jodie Foster
2016 / 98 Minutes / Sony Pictures

Money Monster is pure entertainment fluff. There isn’t anything deep or mind blowing. It’s strictly just light entertaining action. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just nothing to rave about.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts are always great together. They save this movie. This would be a straight to DVD dud that no one would give two thoughts about if it had starred lesser known actors. It’s because of them that I found this watchable. It’s the supporting cast that doesn’t really do much for me here, but I think it’s the somewhat absurd script that is the problem. There are some eye rolling moments as all action thrillers have, they don’t particularly harm the movie, but they certainly do not elevate it.

The problem with Money Monster isn’t that it’s not a good movie, it does have it’s moments I enjoyed. It’s just a standard run of the mill action thriller that doesn’t really have much to offer, there’s no real shocking moments or surprises. Not once did I feel like anything bad was going to happen to anyone in the movie. I think this could have been darker and edgier, I mean come on is this really happened in real like it would not play out like this.

Money Monster is worth a watch, just don’t go into it expecting brilliance. It’s strictly empty calories.

Grade C+

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