In "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," director Oliver Stone revisits the bad boys of high finance in this sequel to his acclaimed "Wall Street" (1987). Michael Douglas reprises his Oscar-winning performance as the slimy Gordon Gekko. Newly released from federal prison, he publishes a book challenging the "Greed Is Good" credo of his previous life.
Josh Brolin plays his old rival who fared very well while Gekko served his time. Shia LaBeouf plays his new hotshot protégé learning the tricks of the trade. Carey Mulligan is Gekko's estranged daughter. She rejects her father's legacy and adds a politically correct subplot. She works to raise money for a new green energy start-up company.
The plot wants to be timely. It focuses squarely on the subprime mortgage madness of the last few years. It blasts the unregulated financial derivatives that brought down the modern bankers and their house of cards. Scenes inside the opulent offices of the Federal Reserve and major investment firms give life to the extravagant lifestyle of the big money players.