Arts + Culture » Film + TV

Deciphering Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

The financial language is impenetrable, but Oliver Stone's film portrays a cancerous greed that envelopes the entire world.


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.

Related Film

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Official Site:

Director: Oliver Stone

Writer: Stanley Weiser, Allan Loeb and Oliver Stone

Producer: Michael Douglas, Eric Kopeloff, Edward R. Pressman and Oliver Stone

Cast: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Javier Bardem, Carey Mulligan, Charlie Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Josh Brolin, Vanessa Ferlito, Frank Langella and Natalie Morales

Add a comment

Remember, it's entirely possible to disagree without spiralling into a thread of negativity and personal attacks. We have the right to remove (and you have the right to report) any comments that go against our policy.