In a continuation of the high-financial world parable of 1987's Wall Street, director Oliver Stone revisits the character that birthed a million sub-prime predators, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), portraying him as a humbled outsider with an insider’s savvy and drive. Amidst pre-and-post crash Wall Street, Gekko mentors a young buck (Shia LaBeouf), taking on a sinister bank head (Josh Brolin). The financial language is impenetrable, but serves to portray “The Game,” as Gekko refers to his trade, as exclusive to a few and maddeningly arbitrary. Stone implies that Gekko’s ruthless greed has morphed into a cancerous condition enveloping the entire world. For LaBeouf’s character, the struggle isn't how to stand up to it, but to live honourably within it.