Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wall Street 2: Is Greed Still Good?

The sequel to the 1987 movie Wall Street, officially titled Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, is due to hit theatres on April 23rd.  The official trailer was released today so take a look:

The Wikipedia article describes the film's plot as such:

The film is set 23 years after the first film, in June 2008, and Gordon Gekko has just been released from prison. Despite his initial attempts to warn Wall Street of the forthcoming economic downturn and stock market crash, no one believes him due to his reduced standing in the financial world. Gekko decides to re-focus his attention on rebuilding his relationship with his estranged daughter, Winnie. Due to their time apart, and the fact that Winnie blames Gekko for her brother Rudy's suicide, she avoids any contact with him. At the same time, the mentor of young Wall Street trader Jacob unexpectedly dies, and Jacob suspects his hedge fund manager of being involved in the death. Jacob, who is Winnie's fiance, seeks revenge and agrees to Gekko's offer of help, in return for which Jacob agrees to help Gekko with Winnie.

Reasons to be hopeful about the new Wall Street movie:
  • Oliver Stone is back to direct
  • Michael Douglas is back as Gordon Gekko
  • The financial crisis has given the creators ample material to work with
Reasons to be skeptical about the new Wall Street movie:
  • We are trading in Charlie Sheen for Shia LaBeouf? What a downgrade.
  • Gordon Gekko comes back as an old and (most embarrassingly) poor man
  • Long awaited sequels usually suck.  For every Rambo 4 you have ten Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls (and we know who also starred in that)
  • Greed was kind of cool in 1987.  Greed looks a lot less cool in 2010.
  • Seriously, did we mention that Shia LaBeuof is in it? Argh.
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