Release date:May 13, 2016
Studio:TriStar Pictures (Sony)
MPAA Rating:R (for language throughout, some sexuality and brief violence)
Screenwriters:Jamie Linden, Alan DiFore, Jim Kouf
Starring:George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito, Caitriona Balfe
I would like to say that I was very surprised be the amount of humor that was carefully thrown into this film. Don’t misunderstand this film is certainly not a comedy!
This is a film that actually tackles some rather serious and poignant topics. One of those topics being the hopelessness that is evident within a still large section of our society, the everyday person, the one who lives paycheck to paycheck and has to decide which bills get paid first.
The film starts out with some focusing on George Clooney and his relationship with Julia Roberts. He is an on fire, larger than life, T.V. money advisor and she is a no nonsense director. They are discussing the upcoming show and matters of his personal life. Once the show starts we are treated to some playful (and rather funny) shenanigans brought to us by Clooney. Things change rather rapidly, however, when a young man crashes the set and quickly expresses a serious level of frustration with the big money, corporate situation.
The film is mostly a very serious and tenuous stand-off between the young man “Kyle” (played exceptionally well by Jack O’Connell) and “Lee Gates” (Portrayed marvelously by George Clooney). The situation is moved at an even pace keeping one interested in the how this scenario will unfold. We see the director of the show, “Patty Fenn” (portrayed by Julia Roberts) fighting to keep this situation under control. There are several moments when you think that there might not be a future for “Lee”.
I found the dialog to be clever, witty, and delivered with excellence! The story definitely takes us on a fantastic trip of full of sympathy, humour, danger, frustration, as well as satisfying resolution.
The film is directed by Jodie Foster who is a power house in her own right. This movie, however, is definitely a team effort and the story telling is what is key here. I felt that it moved a very natural pace, not forced and not pushed along. This could have been a film of rushed and muddle shots, cheap dialog, and mediocre performances, but this is simply not the case.
I conclusion I would highly recommend this movie to others (in fact I have already done so.)