Wall Street To Strike A Nerve
On September 24, Oliver Stone and crew will have a lot to live up to. He and Michael Douglas have teamed up again for a sequel to the 1987 classic, Wall Street. Douglas’s performance as tycoon Gordon Gekko earned him an Academy Award so, needless to say, there are quite big shoes to fill again.
More than the individual roles, the story arc of this sequel will take center stage, and is likely to strike a nerve with several viewers with the significant amount of facts thrown into the fiction. Central to the plot is the 2008 financial crisis you know, the one we’re still trying to figure our way out of.
The film portrays an embattled Gekko attempting to warn the high-rollers and major players of Wall Street the economy is headed downhill, a warning no one heeds. Shia LaBeouf stars in the film as Jacob Moore, a proprietary trader who’s also engaged to Gekko’s daughter. When Moore’s mentor is killed, he enlists help from Gekko to bring down those responsible, in return for helping to reconcile Gekko with his daughter.
With such relevant subject matter playing a large role in the film, we have to ask: Will people really want to see something so close to reality happening on the big screen, since movies are usually a means of escape from the tests and trials of life? The answer, obviously as Antoine Dodson would say, is we’ll just have to wait and see.
Of course, Stone is known for pointing bold fingers at various segments of society, and this should be no different. What will be the reaction by Wall Street to their depiction through the eyes of the legendary filmmaker? More importantly, what will be the reaction to Wall Street based on the depiction? Will what we see be a catalyst for change in the way we do things? At the risk of sounding too crazy, we just can’t underestimate the power of images.
It’s far too early to call, but this one has the makings of a classic.
Catch Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps when it hits theaters September 24, 2010.