(M) George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell
Don’t you find it fascinating when a movie, TV show, book or some other art work realises what God revealed yonks ago? George Clooney and Julia Roberts’ seige thriller Money Monster affirms the eternal accuracy of what 1 Timothy 6:9 explains: “But those who want to be rich fall into temptation … and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction.”
Loaded with several unforgettable moments and a proud conscience, the latest feature by director Jodie Foster’s (yes, that Jodie Foster) is a commendable if showy attack upon the apparent lack of ethical accountability in the finance sector. Money Monster has TV personality Lee (Clooney) taken hostage on-air by enraged tradie Kyle (Jack O’Connell, excellent). Kyle demands answers and an apology for his bankruptcy, leading to a mix of credible and silly events which steadily aim to blame the easiest target on offer.
Moving to a confession conclusion by way of dodgy police-work, Clooney’s slickness and movie contrivances, Money Monster overcomes its shortfalls by having an undeniable heart for injustice. As we all should do with 1 Timothy 6:9, may we heed Money Monster’s glossy warning about the ruin and destruction caused by greed.
Ben McEachen is co-host of The Big Picture radio show and review service.