Review: “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

Since the release of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, our financial sector has become so amoral it’s hard to look at Gordon Gekko and see a monster. Derivatives make it possible for investors to trade on toxic assets, and after outcry from politicians and ordinary Americans, executives still enjoy hefty bonuses. The excessive wealth is a testament to the industry-wide embrace of Gekko’s “greed is good” mantra. Ironically, the current state of American capitalism is part of the reason Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps lacks the edge of the original. A corrupt system is less eye-catching than a corrupt man, plus the sequel’s human story pulls its punches when it should be devastating. While it’s great seeing Michael Douglas in fine form, Stone’s sequel feels like a pleasantly diverting afterthought.

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