Jodie Foster has spent a lifetime in the film industry, literally. She began acting at the age of seven and became a movie star as a teenager after a breakthrough role in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. Eventually, her skill-set evolved from a performer into a visionary as she first stepped behind the camera as a director in the early 90s. While Foster has steered clear of the spotlight over the past two decades, tackling the occasional role and, even less frequently, directing a film or two, she returns in 2016 with her Wall Street drama, Money Monster.
George Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a popular television host who specializes in the financial sector. But when a priceless stock-tip backfires and loses a disgruntled viewer (Jack O'Connell) his entire savings, the young man breaks onto Gates' set and holds the studio hostage. Along with the aid of his trusty producer, Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts), Gates works to alleviate the situation and help the gunman discover the real reasons why his stock plummeted overnight.
Jodie Foster's Money Monster serves as an engaging drama that further assists itself by utilizing perfectly placed comic relief and legitimate moments of suspense. George Clooney, as expected, represents the film's most prominent character and he completely commands the screen with a narcissistic and quirky delivery that fits the money mogul figure all too well. And through a mostly predictable story that creates a stellar character arc, Money Monster is a serviceable and worthwhile feature that's ultimately restricted by its own structural faults. By its third act, the feature's authenticity is shattered due to flimsy writing that's alarming, but by no means detrimental. If you're able to suspend reality just a little bit, you'll find plenty to enjoy with Jodie Foster's Money Monster.