Money Never Sleeps

Wall StreetThat is a reference to the subtitle of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the not so very recent movie that was (and is) billed as the sequel the much earlier Wall Street movie made in 1987. I fully admit to being a bit late in getting to see this one, but then again there is something grand about only paying a dollar to see something that just the week before would have cost me seven or eight greenbacks. I definitely recall seeing the original back in the late 1980’s, though I can’t put my finger on the definite setting.

I can say that when I saw it back then, it gave me some great deal of inspiration despite the obvious moral and ethical bankrupt characters that had the power and the money. Of course, that was also back in the day when a good friend of mine and I often debated just such things as the better situation between money and power and even questioned if in all cases with one you can have the other in the same quantity if desired. Of course, in some ways I am glad the course did not play as we planned or else we may very have ended up in the same boat as Gordan Geeko.

The similarities did not stop there though. I can not say I saw the original at Lexington Green’s Cinemas, but I can say when I was in college just a year later, that was pretty much the premier movie place in Lexington. Now, just over twenty years later that is the dollar theater in Lexington. Of course they still play the occasional odd move you can’t find elsewhere in Lexington.

Anyway, back to the movie. As we all know the movie shows a reprisal of the role by Michael Douglas. It takes place some twenty years later and includes the obvious prison term served by Geeko. We are introduced to his daughter and a fellow who is seeing her. She wants nothing to do with money or the street and he is a trader. Despite that, they are making it work. Then the things that are very similar to our actual recession the last couple of years start to happen and first one firm and then another are going under.

Against this backdrop, Geeko, who has stated the one thing more valuable than money is time is trying to get back in favor with his daughter. Of course we also learn she has a rather large trust fund. Eventually, between back boardroom deals and lots of tricking people we learn that various people had it in for Geeko. There is a revenge motive, but as much as anything we also see Geeko can not stand that no one treats him like is somebody anymore.

In the end, I am not sure the movie really made a point. It was nice for Oliver Stone (the director) that he had the recent financial collapse to use as a backdrop for this continuation of the original movie. But in the end, despite all the turmoil and such to get there and major things having occurred, I am not sure that anyone really changed. Sure, Geeko does eventually pursue having a relationship with his grandchild (coming back to the time theme) but only after he redeems himself by taking the trust-fund money and using it for his own gain.

But then again, maybe that is Stone’s point. Despite all the things that landed us in the hot water financially just a few seasons ago are very likely to occur again in the not so off future. After all, we have slowed down our lust for things and the greed we have, but is at an end? How many of us would finance ourselves right back in to the hilt if we could and thought there was a turn around happening?

Usually I positive on movies that I see and give a recommend to see, even if you catch it on the premium networks, pay-per-view, or DVD. On this one, I am going to say only bother if you really liked the first one and want to see some continuation of the story. If you do though, do not be surprised if you are less that satisfied and end up wanting a bit more.