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Money Monster Review (2016)

Money Monster starts off as a good thriller but gradually slithers into its bizarre grubbiness.


Jodie Foster’s thriller is based upon big organizations stripping people off of their money, and getting away with it, until one ballsy guy decides to come up with a gun in his hand to get some real answers. The movie is continuously and narrowly saved by its contemporary feel, occasional humour and the way it boldly scales some uncharted territories which seems both stupid and plausible at times.

What the Money Monster profusely lacks is the lustre of a good drama, where we fail to read the thoughts of its characters. Even though George Clooney and Julia Roberts were a fair fit for their roles, Jack O’ Connell doesn’t reek of an apparent tension. He misses out on portraying emotions of a guy with nowhere to go. There isn’t a grave flair to his act, presence of which might have helped us to put a pin on him as a disturbed soul.

Money Monster fares well in the plot enclave, where things keep escalating at every juncture. The gravity of the situation however goes for a toss when a weird role reversal happens, which was supposed to be the high point of the movie. Jodie Foster fails to properly depict why Kyle becomes all of a sudden so important to Lee. Confused? Spoilers follow below:



So it all starts off really well. With Clooney in the front page, Julia Roberts in his ears, with a show that was as flashy as the theatrics people need to get lured towards the stock business. In comes Jack O’Connell as Kyle Budwell, a guy who invested everything he had by listening to Clooney’s banter of why investing in IBIS, a promising budding company, was a great idea. With a bigger player pulling the company’s strings, Walt Camby (Dominic West), the real culprit behind IBIS plummeting goes hiding. What follows is a guy looking for answers and a seemingly empty Lee Gates (George Clooney) forgetting all about a formidable bomb wrapped around his chest, also about the psychotic guy with a trigger to his fate, trying to help him out get one. He is willing to do anything in order to get to Camby to get some real answers instead of the word ‘glitch’, and that could include even standing behind the perpetrator to save him, the guy who was threatening to take his life some minutes ago.

Things go down those impalpable roads from where there is no return, the moment Lee Gates starts worrying about Kyle and tries to help him instead, pulling the cameraman Lenny into the stream as well. Police-thoughts get lost in the short sojourn that Lee decides to take with Kyle. However, the intrusion of the world on the roads was very credible, and brilliantly shot.

Overall things in Money Monster sieve in like a fair story, and how the world behaves to an outbreak like that, which is justly shown. Editing is on a roll. Screenplay quite average.


Money Monster is a good thrilling flick which does really well when it comes to entertaining. You just wish a little profundity and digestible material to have lingered there, and it would have fared even better.

Room Review (2015)

Adorable, powerful and literally captivating!

Room is a dive into the head of a child’s perspective, who witnesses the world for the first time. Emma Donoghue comes with a tale that is so beautifully wrapped under the outlook of Jack who believes space is confined. It is in a way reflective of how we have been living in today’s world, and how possibilities gawk at us from a distance, and we are never prepared to challenge ourselves into stepping out.

Ma: You’re gonna love it.

Jack: What?

Ma: The world.

The plot of Room unfurls like a beautiful flower. You are thrown into the mundane sphere of daily chores, and then suddenly you are told what’s happening and what seems to be the disconnect. It is hurled at you at once, amidst the regularity and it is hard to handle just like Jack’s head refuses to accept it. But then again that is the truth. Jack, the smart kid he is, accepts it and tries to help his Ma out, whilst challenging himself to a bizarre world that he has never encountered before.

What are quite thoughtful are Jack’s diegetic thoughts which go in the background often telling you how he feels about the world. They put your insight in the garbage. Seeing the beauty of the world through a learning phase is indeed really soothing. That’s where the screenplay goes really brilliant. His words are so powerful and yet so innocent that he will compel you to go broody.

Jacob Tremblay is exceptional as Jack who turns five and knows everything. Brie Larson plays an outstanding Ma, and fiddles with the right emotions. So is Joan Allen as Nancy, Jack’s grandma who epitomes sanity and tries to put sense and normalcy in the inane.


Film’s most touching moment is when Jack reunites with his mother and the music bashes your nerves to dust. It makes you happy and sad at the same time. But that’s only the half of it. The rest of the movie progresses with how he tries to gel up with the asynchronous. Lenny attempts to manifest how Jack sees his surrounding through his sheepish eyes once he is out in the open. You can almost feel yourself feeling sorry for Jack and Ma. It would make you want to hug him right up and teach him the ways of the world.

Room concludes at an arresting juncture where Jack wishes to see the room he used to live in. He finds it smaller now that he has seen more of the world, and bids every object he used to adore so much in that room farewell, as his ultimate closure. It is really so pensive that you can’t shake it off. It was like he was in a womb till he aged five.

If you are a drama freak, you can’t simply miss this one. Brilliantly thought of and well written. Thank you Emma!

This is yet another mind-boggling movie by Lenny Abrahamson who brought us Frank an year ago. You can find the review of Frank here: Frank Review