Jodie Foster’s thriller stars George Clooney as a Jim Cramer-like TV stock adviser taken hostage by a viewer who lost money on a bad tip. It’s been five years since Foster directed her last feature, “The Beaver” (though she’s dabbled in television, including an episode of “Orange is the New Black”). While “Beaver” wasn’t everybody’s favorite crazy Mel Gibson movie, it showcased Foster’s serious attempts to play with genre and blend a serious tone with outrageous circumstances, something that seems to be a pattern based on the focus here.
Clooney’s an ideal fit for this kind of real world commentary on our financially desperate times, which suggests this 2016 Cannes entry might be a terrific showcase for movie stars both in front of and behind the camera. –Eric Kohn
In the taut and tense thriller Money Monster, Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.
Directed by Jodie Foster